07/28/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Frank Rich: 40 Years Later, Gays Are Still Second-Class Citizens

Like all students caught up in the civil rights and antiwar movements of the 1960s, I was riveted by the violent confrontations between the police and protestors in Selma, 1965, and Chicago, 1968. But I never heard about the several days of riots that rocked Greenwich Village after the police raided a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn in the wee hours of June 28, 1969 -- 40 years ago today.

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