Stonewall bar and gay rights
In the s and '70s, amid a climate of political upheaval and civil rights activism, LGBT communities across the US were uniting for visibility and change. Events like the Stonewall riots , which saw LGBT activists rise up against discrimination in New York City, helped to galvanize this movement by bringing together a generation of queer young people under a banner of pride. And the work of photojournalists such as Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies brought this movement to the masses through their groundbreaking photography. She started her career photographing for a magazine called the Ladder in the early s, which was the main magazine for lesbians in the US at that time.
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The riot that changed America's gay rights movement forever
Stonewall: A riot that changed millions of lives - BBC News
The story is well known : A routine police raid of a mafia-owned gay bar in New York City sparked three nights of riots and, with them, the global gay rights movement. What was different about Stonewall was that gay activists around the country were prepared to commemorate it publicly. Those nationally coordinated activist commemorations were evidence of an LGBTQ movement that had rapidly grown in strength during the s, not a movement sparked by a single riot. The story of how this particular night and this particular bar came to signify global gay rebellion is a story of how collective memory works and how social movements organize to commemorate their gains. The sociologists Elizabeth A. Armstrong and Suzanna M.
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The Stonewall Riots Didn’t Start the Gay Rights Movement
The Stonewall riots also referred to as the Stonewall uprising or the Stonewall rebellion were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay LGBT community [note 1] against a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, , at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan , New York City. They are widely considered to constitute the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement     and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States. Gay Americans in the s and s faced an anti-gay legal system.
Hours before it was to become a flash point in the modern gay rights movement and a landmark visited with awe and reverence half a century later as if a shrine, it was just a dark, dingy bar called the Stonewall Inn, just another Friday night in June. A mobster named Fat Tony with the Genovese crime family had bought the place two years earlier for a song — it had been a restaurant damaged in a fire — and reopened it as a gay bar. The bars were cash machines. Fat Tony slapped black paint on the walls and windows and posted a man at the front door.
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