Friday, June 18, 2010

Stonewall Uprising: At The Dawn of The Modern Gay Rights Movement

"History can happen in the least expected places. Certainly, the eight members of the New York Police Department’s Public Morals Squad who raided the Stonewall Inn very early one Saturday morning in June 1969 had no idea they were participating in a momentous event," writes Mark Feeney. "Kate Davis and David Heilbroner’s riveting documentary, Stonewall Uprising, looks at more than just the Stonewall riots. It provides a context for them, offering a highly evocative sense of gay life in the decade or so before Stonewall. That life was largely invisible to the general public. When it did get noticed, it was universally condemned and persecuted." READ MORE

This film is a must-see for everyone in the LGBT community.

I can't wait to see it!

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Read more about Stonewall Rising and watch the trailer below:

June 28, 1969: NYC police raid a Greenwich Village Mafia-run gay bar, The Stonewall Inn.

For the first time, patrons refuse to be led into paddy wagons, setting off a 3-day riot that launches the Gay Rights Movement.

Told by Stonewall patrons, Village Voice reporters and the cop who led the raid, Stonewall Uprising compellingly recalls the bad old days when psychoanalysts equated homosexuality with mental illness and advised aversion therapy, and even lobotomies; public service announcements warned youngsters against predatory homosexuals; and police entrapment was rampant.

A treasure-trove of archival footage gives life to this all-too-recent reality, a time when Mike Wallace announced on a 1966 CBS Reports: "The average homosexual, if there be such, is promiscuous. He is not interested in, nor capable of, a lasting relationship like that of a heterosexual marriage."

At the height of this oppression, the cops raid Stonewall, triggering nights of pandemonium with tear gas, billy clubs and a small army of tactical police. The rest is history. Read more here.

Watch the trailer: