End of Pride Month and the History of The Stonewall Inn
Located on Christopher Street in the Greenwich Village, the now historic Stonewall Inn opened in 1967 in New York City. Owned by the mafia (as was many of the gay nightclubs), it was operated as a restaurant previously but now served as a gay bar serving illegal liquor for the mob and paying protection money in monthly payoffs to local cops to keep the raids down. Down but not stopped. In those days, dressing as the opposite sex was illegal and carried jail time, not just harassment and beatings. And the Stonewall Inn was heavily frequented by drag queens, transgendered people, crossdressers., and lesbians who dressed “male” or butch. The last was important because some say it was a lesbian who threw the first punch at a cop that night in retaliation over the brutal treatment of another patron. But because there are so few images and differing accounts, the truth might never be know. Others say it was a transgendered person and others still a drag queen. Although the Inn itself could not be called a fancy establishment, it’s decor not the best, it’s dance floor and atmosphere, that despite police raids, let people feel free to be themselves, kept the place alive and packed. Of course, the liquor helped too.
But the raids were growing more frequent and City Hall had orders to shut down Stonewall Inn for good. Courtesy of history.com (see that link for enlarged narrative) is the timeline of the explosion that followed that decision:
June 24, 1969: Police arrest Stonewall employees, confiscate alcohol
June 27-28, 1969: Stonewall crowd erupts after police arrest and rough up patrons.
Early hours of June 28, 1969: Transgender women* (other accounts have this as drag queens or crossdressers) resist arrest. Bottles are thrown at police.
Close to 4 a.m. June 28, 1969: Police retreat and barricade themselves inside Stonewall.
June 28-29: Stonewall reopens, supporters gather. Police beat and tear gas crowd
June 29-July 1, 1969: Stonewall becomes gathering point for LGBT activists.
July 2, 1969: Gay activists protest newspaper coverage.
The beginning of the Gay Pride Movement has been ignited!
Today, The Stonewall Inn remains a place of LGBTQIA history and a gathering spot for all, where everyone can be themselves. Only now it’s legal, the right hard fought on this spot. A sign erected lest people forget. Not that they are likely too. There are parades, and books, and vids, and movies and more ready to remind us. Especially now at the 50 year anniversary of Stonewall.
Here are some links you might want to visit:
And books to read:
Stonewall: The Definitive Story of the LGBTQ Rights Uprising that Changed America, by Martin Duberman
The Stonewall Riots: A Documentary History, by Marc Stein
The Stonewall Reader, edited by New York Public Library with Edmund White
We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation, by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown
The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets, by Gayle E. Pitman
What Was Stonewall?, by Nico Medina, Who HQ, and Jake Murray
I hope you’ll visit some of those links and enjoy some of those remarkable books. Martin Duberman’s was reviewed here and the stories of the individuals in the movement made a big impact on me.
Paul Richmond, an amazing artist some of you may recognize only through his covers for Dreamspinner Press or other of it’s houses, is doing this month. Over at his facebook page Paul Richmond Studio , every day this month, Paul has taken a different LGBT artist, past or present. and highlighted their works. He has talked about why this artist has meant so much to him, or perhaps the struggles this artist has had to go through. The journey through different eras, artistic lives and styles has been a revelation! Paul’s LGBT Artist of the Day has continued. If you have missed a artist or day, its not too late! Head over to Paul’s FB page and start your introduction to some jaw dropping artwork and artists.
I hope everyone has had a wonderful Pride Month! We have highlighted NHL Hockey for Everyone efforts with absolute delight, we have had great recommendations for stories, showcased Paul Richmond and LGBTQIA artists and finishing up with The Stonewall Inn. How has your Pride Month been?
This is where I will also wish everyone in the US and expats abroad a happy and safe Fourth of July!
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And now onto our week ahead.
This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Sunday, June 30:
- New Release Blitz for Save the Date (Harrisburg Railers #9) by R.J. Scott and V.L. Locey
- End of Pride Month and the History of Stonewall Inn
- This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Monday, July 1:
- Blog Post – Victoria Milne – Purple Method
- BLOG TOUR Change of Heart by KM Neuhold
- Release Blitz – Amy Tasukada – Yakuza Path Box Set
- A MelanieM Review: Ammo and Enchiladas by BA Tortuga
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Tea by Matthew J. Metzger
Tuesday, July 2:
- BLITZ Palm Trees and Paparazzi by J.C. Long
- Release Blitz – Ruby Moone – Eyeliner and Lace
- Review Tour for Save the Date (Harrisburg Railers #9) by R.J. Scott and V.L. Locey
- A MelanieM Review: Save the Date (Harrisburg Railers #9) by R.J. Scott and V.L. Locey
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Raze (Riven #3) by Roan Parrish
- An Alisa Release Day Review: Fox Hunt (Shifter U #4) by J. Leigh Bailey
- A Caryn Release Day Review: The Importance of Being Kevin by Steven Harper
Wednesday, July 3:
- Release Blitz – I’ve Got You by Becca Seymour
- BLITZ Where the Night Reigns by Emilie Lucadamo
- PROMO BA Tortuga on Come Back Around (Leaning N #4) by B.A. Tortuga
- Blog Post – LA Bryce – Love, Trust & Secrets
- A Stella Review : I’ve Got You by Becca Seymour
- A MelanieM Release Day Review:Come Back Around (Leaning N #4) by B.A. Tortuga
Thursday, July 4th:
- DSP PROMO j. leigh bailey and Fox Hunt (Shifter U #4)
- Release Blitz – Sam Burns – Salmon & The Hazel (Rowan Harbor Cycle)
- Release Blitz – MATED by Tricia Owens
- TOUR DANCING WITH THE LION: BECOMING by Jeanne Reames
- An Alisa Review Waited So Long by JM Dabney
- Reviews – MATED by Tricia Owens
Friday, July 5:
- Review Tour – Ari McKay – Recipe For Romance
- PROMO Victoria Milne
- Release Blitz – Espejos (South Texas Lore 1) by Michael War
- A Lila Review: Espejos (South Texas Lore 1) by Michael War
- A MelanieM Review: Recipe for Romance (Recipe for Romance #1-4) by Ari McKay
- A Chaos Moondrawn Release Day Review: Never a Hero (Tucker Springs #5) by Marie Sexton
Saturday, July 6:
- Release Blitz Tour – Michael Mandrake – Death’s Angel
- A MelanieM Review: Here Comes the Son by Dahlia Donovan