40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots – The Birth of Gay Rights

40th Anniversary of Stonewall Riots
Today we honor our gay friends and family by observing, and celebrating, the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City.

They are frequently cited as the first instance in American history when gays, lesbians and transgenders fought back against a government-sponsored system that persecuted homosexuals, and they have become the defining event that marked the start of the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.*

Celebrate today, but remember; its back to work tomorrow for Equality!

 *wikipedia:  Stonewall riots 
photo credit: via flickr

Related links:

June : This Month We’re Celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month

New York State Governor David Paterson will be one of the 2009 Grand Marshals in today’s New York Gay Pride Parade (Sunday June 28, 2009)

President Obama issues Presidential Proclamation declaring June  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month! Read the Presidential Proclamation: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, 2009.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton releases statement recognizing June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. Read Secretary Clinton’s statement – In Recognition of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month 2009.

Yahoo News: Stonewall rebel reflects 40 years after NYC riots

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