The Stonewall Riots Anniversary is celebrated on June 28 every year. Today we are joining the celebration to spread the importance of freedom of choice in matters of sexuality. Sexuality is a combination of biology, psychology, life choices, and other conditions. The Stonewall Riots Anniversary commemorates the Stonewall riots that began on June 28, 1969. When police brutality started to affect the lives of the gay and lesbian community, they took a stand against it. The result was a series of protests and riots that shaped the modern LGBT rights movements.
History of Stonewall Riots Anniversary
What are your sexuality and gender, and do you have the freedom to choose them? It is widely accepted that they are just something defined by biology. But that is no longer the case. Now we understand that sexuality and gender have more to do with personal choices and preferences. We also know that it is a combination of biological and psychological factors, among others, that defines one’s sexuality and gender. But, some people are still under the delusion that they are something that someone is born with. For them, a person who identifies as a particular gender or sexual orientation is unnatural. Such people are all around us, and the New York police force didn’t lack their share of such people back in 1969.
The attitude towards gay and lesbian people was somewhat disrespectful, and such communities often suffered from police brutality. Bars do not usually welcome the gay and lesbian community. Those establishments where they were welcome were often run by the mafia and other organized criminal organizations. Police raids on these bars were also common. The Genovese crime family owned the Stonewall Inn located on Christopher Street. It was a place reported to sell drugs and other illicit activities. But it was also the only place that allowed gay people to dance openly.
On June 28, 1969, two undercover cops entered the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in New York to collect visual evidence, with the Public Moral squad waiting outside for their signal. Once the officers, along with Detective Charles Smythe and Deputy Inspector Seymour Pine arrived, events began to unfold. The police actions became brutal, and patrons of the inn along with bystanders reacted equally violently. The entire event led to the protests and riots that started the LGBT movement.
Stonewall Riots Anniversary timeline
Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, the fifth Roman emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty publicly marries Sporus.
The LGBT community protests against police brutality mark a turning point in LGBT movements.
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands signs the first same-sex marriage bill into law on April 1.
California State Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage in California.
Stonewall Riots Anniversary FAQs
How did the Stonewall riots affect society?
The Stonewall movement created social acceptance and public support for the gay and lesbian rights movements.
What's the meaning of the rainbow flag?
The rainbow flag, also known as the gay pride flag or LGBT pride flag, is a symbol. It represents lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and queer pride, and the LGBT movements. The colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community.
What made Stonewall different?
The factors that made Stonewall different were that it was a sustained uprising that involved participation from thousands of people, it got massive media coverage and was unique in engendering a new kind of militant organization.
How to Observe Stonewall Riots Anniversary
Send a card to a same-sex couple
Marriage is a personal choice between two loving souls. Let them know that you love and admire the bond between them by sending a card expressing your appreciation for their love.
Share the Stonewall riots on social media
The Stonewall riots were a turning point in the gay civil rights movement. But the new generation is not fully aware of their importance.
Wear the pride colors
Be proud of your sexual orientation and preferences. Wearing pride colors is not just for the LGBTQ community. Others can wear it to show that they accept the LGBTQ community as one of them.
5 Facts About Same-Sex Marriage
Legal ban on same-sex marriage
The U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were the first states to legally ban same-sex marriage in 1998.
About 55% of Americans believe same-sex marriage should be legal.
Death for gay marriage
In countries such as Sudan, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, there is a death penalty for gay people.
The U.S. is one of 29
The U.S. is one of the 29 countries that allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.
It’s a death sentence
In 11 countries across the world, same-sex unions attract the death penalty.
Why Stonewall Riots Anniversary is Important
It has a long history
Same-sex relations and choosing one's sexual orientation have a long and stressful history. We appreciate how far recent movements have come and how successful they have been for the community.
We love diversity
Diversity brings vibrance to society. Rather than causing division, each community can learn from one another, and the whole of society can benefit. This is a day that can bring forth unity in diversity.
A day to show appreciation
There are still people who do not accept same-sex marriages and look down upon them. By showing appreciation to the LGBT community, we are essentially showing the world that there is nothing to look down on and that freedom of choice needs to be appreciated and accepted.
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