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12 The Stonewall Inn

The Stonewall Inn

The Stonewall Inn
Back in the New York of 1969, gay people couldn't be served alcohol, couldn't dress in drag, couldn't even dance together. And, in fact, they were kept invisible from society. But things came to a head in June 28th of 1969 when the police raided the Stonewall Inn here where the gay community used to go quite peacefully. But on that night, something snapped either because it was one raid too many or the rough handling of one lesbian patron in particular. But whatever it was, people started throwing things at the police and before you know it, there was a full-blown riot going on. For up to a week after that in the evenings here, demonstrations and riots would break out with the gay community no longer willing to be suppressed by unfair laws. It was a real critical moment in history, and the Stonewall Inn here is often regarded as the birthplace of the gay rights movement. Christopher Street here is one of the oldest streets in New York City and after the Stonewall riots became one of the gayest streets as well. It was a real epicenter of gay culture here. And on the first anniversary of those riots in 1970, they organized the city's first gay pride parade. It was actually the whole country's first gay pride parade, and it was to stretch from Christopher Street here all the way up to Central Park. But when they left Christopher Street they were a little bit worried the parade will get disrupted. But they needn’t have worried because hundreds of people started joining the parade and then thousands of people all chanting, "Say it clear. Say it loud. Gay is good. Gay is proud." Within a few years, there were gay pride parades popping up in cities all over the world, some of which were named after the original one here - like the Christopher Street Parade in Berlin. Well, the New York one, of course, is still going strong. We even managed to catch it ourselves couple days ago.
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