The confrontations between police and demonstrators at the Stonewall Inn in New York City the weekend of June 27-29, 1969 mark the beginning of the modern glbtq movement for equal rights.
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On the 44th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, it is well to remember the event that in the popular imagination inaugurated the modern gay rights movement.
On June 28, 1969, a routine police raid of a mafia-run bar in New York City, the Stonewall Inn, sparked a riot that would come to mark the symbolic beginning of the gay liberation movement. The rioting and demonstrating continued for several days and inspired a new militancy in the quest for equal rights.
A month after the Stonewall Riots, the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) was formed. Radical and leftist in orientation, the GLF was but one of many politically focused lesbian and gay organizations that formed in the wake of the riots, both in the United States and around the world.
The number of lesbian and gay publications skyrocketed as well, which led to an even greater sense of community. Homosexuals were no longer strictly marginalized. Lesbians and gay men rapidly developed visible communities in cities across the country and throughout Europe.
Beginning in 1970, marches have taken place in New York City (as well as in countless places worldwide) every year commemorating the Stonewall Riots.
In a new video from Open Road Media, historian Martin Duberman, author of Stonewall (1994), recounts the events of that day and talks about the symbolic significance of that one unifying night.