PBS to show Stonewall Uprising April 25th

HOW CAN YOU BE GAY AND LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY AND NOT KNOW WHAT THE STONEWALL RIOTS WERE?  HELLO?  REALLY?!

I talked with two people recently under the age of 25, who had no clue!




When police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City on June 28, 1969, the street erupted into violent protests that lasted for the next six days. The Stonewall riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.







DID YOU KNOW?   In the late 1960s, the American Psychiatric Association still classified homosexuality as a mental disorder, and gay men and lesbian women received almost universal moral condemnation from mainstream religions. The act of homosexual sex, even in private homes, was punishable by a light fine, 20 years in prison, or even a life sentence!!


New York City had the largest gay population in the United States. It was also the city that most aggressively upheld anti-sodomy laws. In the mid-1960s New York created police vice squads to raid gay bars and baths, and began using decoys to solicit and entrap gays. By 1966 over 100 men a week were arrested as a result of this effort. “It was a nightmare for the lesbian or gay man who was arrested and caught up in the juggernaut but it was also a nightmare for the lesbians or gay men who lived in the closet,” Yale Law School professor William Eskridge says in the film. “This produced an enormous amount of anger within the lesbian and gay community in New York City. Eventually something was bound to blow.”

STONEWALL UPRISING is a very important film we should all see!  PBS and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is airing it on Monday, April 25th!  Check your local listings!  GET A SNEAK  PEAK  ONLINE.

Coming soon to DVD!

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