Doric Wilson and the Stonewall Riots Remembered

As we begin Gay Pride Month,
we wanted to take a moment to
 pay tribute to the late Doric Wilson.

Doric Wilson (February 24, 1939 – May 7, 2011) was an American playwright, director, producer, critic and gay rights activist.

Wilson was an early figure in New York’s Off-Off-Broadway scene and  was as big a champion of gay theatre as he was of gay rights. He   was a participant in the Stonewall Riots (1969) and became active in the early days of the New York Gay Liberation movement as a member of GAA (Gay Activist Alliance). He supported his theatrical endeavors by becoming a “star” bartender and manager of the post-Stonewall gay bar scene, opening such landmark institutions as The Spike, TY’s and Brothers & Sisters Cabaret.

In 2004, Wilson was named a Grand Marshal of the 35th Anniversary Pride Day Parade in New York City.

He was featured in the documentary American Experience: Stonewall Uprising (2010) by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner.


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