In five days, it will be the 44th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprisings. It was the spark that set off the gay revolution to equality, civil rights, and acceptance. I am going to delay my review of Martin Duberman’s Stonewall until Friday, June 28th, the anniversary date. Until that time, here are some youtube videos on the importance of Stonewall Inn and recollections from those who were there.
With the Supreme Court about to vote on marriage equality and more states voting to give equal rights to gay couples who want to marry, remembering the past has never been more important. And while the public opinion is swelling towards acceptance and equality, there are still those who wish to push the clock back, mired in homophobia and intolerance. To them, Stonewall is both the wall between today and yesterday as well as a reminder that freedom to be who you are and equality, once experienced, is not something that can or will be repressed.
Before Stonewall (1984 Documentary) by Charley Hullah
Stonewall Profiles of Pride – Stonewall Veterans
After Stonewall (1999 Documentary) by Charley Hullah
Proud (40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots) by theKeith1980