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Stonewall Riots

Waving the Rainbow Flag, With Guarded Optimism

Robert Weiss | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robert Weiss

As a gay man and tax-paying American citizen whose right to equal protection under the law has been denied me my entire life, today I feel guardedly hopeful. Guardedly, as I am fully aware of how many people share equally strong negative feelings about the court's recent rulings.

What's the Point of Pride Marches?

Charlene Obernauer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlene Obernauer

Pride parades, or "gay liberation protests," as they were first called, have been critical to bringing about LGBT rights all over the world. But we've abandoned their initial purpose as a call for equality. We owe it to ourselves, and to our history, to call upon our rich activist traditions.

With a Little Help From Strangers: Stonewall at 44

Elan Barnehama | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Elan Barnehama

We may mark time as before and after the Stonewall riots, before and after Rosa Parks sat where she pleased, before and after Jackie Robinson stepped onto Ebbets Field, but those moments were made possible by many, many, many named and unnamed people who came before.

Stonewall and Gay Pride: Echoes From 1969

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Gregory G. Allen

As a 44-year-old man born in 1969, I can only imagine what it was like for those who were in New York City during the Stonewall riots that year. This is why it is wonderful to be able to talk to someone who witnessed it firsthand: Donald Reidlinger, who was a teen during the summer of '69.

LGBT Pride Month and James Baldwin: When Identity Matters

Janet Mason | Posted 08.11.2013 | Books
Janet Mason

I feel compelled to come out to people that I have just met. And I have noticed that most people -- especially young people -- of all races don't seem to have the same knee-jerk homophobic reaction that they used to have. And this is progress. I think James Baldwin would agree.

Pride Parades: More Than Just a Party

Shane Bitney Crone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Shane Bitney Crone

Admittedly, I used to be uncomfortable with Pride parades, and even just Pride in general. My own impressions of these events came from stereotypical images shown throughout mainstream media: pictures of half-naked individuals and extravagant drag queens.

Coming Full Circle: Stonewall, My Mother, and Me

Lesléa Newman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lesléa Newman

My mother had no idea she had a living, breathing gay person under her very own roof; said gay person -- me -- didn't know either.

Is Bob Benson Mad Men's Stonewall Connection?

Jaime Woo | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jaime Woo

Mad Men has a habit of bringing in minor characters who signal the broader theme for the following season. With bloggers Tom and Lorenzo suggesting that Bob Benson might be gay, his sudden appearance in Season 6 could allude to next season's big theme.

Lila Shapiro

'I'm Not F***ing Having It'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

On Monday night, two men in their 40s marched with thousands of New Yorkers just a few blocks from the historic inn where the modern gay-rights moveme...

Glennisha Morgan

New Web App Offers Awesome Queer Resistance Walking Tour In New York City

HuffingtonPost.com | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

UPDATE on December 1, 2013: It appears the website for "Whose Streets, Our Streets" is not working at this time. "Whose Streets, Our Streets" is a ...

Theater: The Flick and Detroit '67 Promise; Hit the Wall Lets Down Stonewall

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.14.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Like The Flick, the new drama Detroit '67 is by a talented playwright. Both pieces have their flaws. But both artists have created vivid characters we want to spend time with.

Hit The Wall: A Review

Rex Reed | Posted 05.11.2013 | Arts
Rex Reed

In "Hit the Wall," the violent, virulent and explosive new play by Ike Holter at New York's Barrow Street Theatre, the gay turbulence of what now seem...

Trans* Invisibility

JamieAnn Meyers | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
JamieAnn Meyers

It's up to trans* people to be proactive and make certain that our individual and collective voices are heard loud and clear by the public and the media, and that we continue to be written into the record of queer history.

We Are All Just People

Elan Barnehama | Posted 02.05.2013 | Queer Voices
Elan Barnehama

By any measure there have been tremendous gains in acceptance. But still, the list containing Mollie Olgin and Kristene Chapa, Jadin Bell, Tyler Clementi, Matthew Shepard, and countless others is not shrinking.

Stonewall's Inauguration

Sam Stiegler | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sam Stiegler

There are tales of a butch throwing the first punch at a cop, a projectile high-heeled shoe being lobbed across the crowd, among others, all of which have been said to have ignited the crowd to resist arrest. But regardless of which catalytic moment you want to believe, something snapped.

Obama's Second Inaugural Address And My Personal Journey From The Stonewall To The National Mall

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

The president's words struck me to the core. Just as I became an accidental activist when I transitioned, I was an accidental participant in the Stonewall uprising when I stumbled upon the chaos when I was trying to attend a concert at the Village Vanguard on the night of June 28, 1969.

Anti-Gay Pundit Makes Major Historical Gaffe In New Obama Rant

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The American Family Association's Buster Wilson has joined the chorus of conservative voices angered by President Barack Obama's inaugural references ...

Inauguration 2013: A Transgender Call To Action

Gwendolyn Ann Smith | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Gwendolyn Ann Smith

It is vital to view the history of the Stonewall rebellion much more closely and not let that fight be reduced to simply the right of gay and lesbian Americans to get married. It is important to note that at the forefront of the fight were two transgender women, Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson.

From Stonewall to Homeless: The Plight of Our Elder LGBT Members

Mark Segal | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark Segal

Both women have worked their whole lives but never made enough to save for retirement. Both volunteered their time caring for those in shelters and hospices but, now that they are in need of the very care they provided, where do they turn?

8 Reasons Why Nov. 6, 2012, Was The Most Significant Day In LGBT History Since Stonewall

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

This was more than just a "great election for LGBT people." This was a game changer. The game changer. We will never return to the level of indignity that we suffered before, even as we roll with the momentum to resolve the still-existent inequities that plague our lives.

We Believed We Could Touch the Sky

Patricia McGuire | Posted 10.28.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Armstrong's death last week has evoked numerous gauzy tributes to his amazing courage. But romantic memories of that historic moment belie the real triumph for Armstrong, NASA, and our deeply conflicted nation of the late 1960's.

How the Right, Not Social 'Elites,' Made Marriage Equality a National Issue

James Peron | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James Peron

Writer Brendan O'Neill wrote an odd attack on marriage equality. What is revealing, he says, is that gay marriage is "a tool of the elite" which indicates "one's superiority over the hordes, particularly those of a religious or redneck persuasion."

Thoughts On The Anniversary Of Stonewall, Government Bullying And Pride

David Groshoff | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Groshoff

As we talk about bullying during Pride season and the anniversary of Stonewall, please understand that the only bullies who can legally initiate, legitimize, and employ force against us when we are otherwise peaceful are the government and its agents.

Stonewall, 43 Years Later: Reflections Of One Of The Oldest Surviving Veterans Of The Seminal 1969 Riots

Scott G. Brown | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Scott G. Brown

The riots were a reflection of the innermost feelings and sentiments of the crowd, who were fed up with the harassment and assaults at the hands of the police. They fought back that night, probably because the police targeted the drag queens and transvestites when making the arrests.

Stonewall: The Raid Heard Around The World?

Avery Stone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Avery Stone

I realize that my youth does not allow me to know firsthand how far the LGBT community has come, but my discovery of Stonewall has made me hyperaware of two things: first, of making sure I never take change for granted, and second, of the resilience of the LGBT community.