It was a hot, early summer morning of June 28, 1969; and it would grow hotter on all levels through the day. In those early morning, humid hours, the LGBT was born at 53 Christopher Street, the Stonewall Inn, in Greenwich Village, where police began to harrass a group of gay customers. Four New York City Plainclothes policement showed up at the door of the Stonewall and announced the where “taking the place.” As they began to move the whiskey and beer out, and arresting patrons, a crowd gather and grew to a size of almost 1000. As a woman complained of tight handcuffs, she implored the crowd, “Why don’t you guys do something?,” the was harshly picked up and tossed in the back of a van. With the increasing police harrassment of the crowd, her exhortation was catalystic and the “Stonewall Riot” was incited.
Word quickly spread throughout the Village and, in fact, the city and the crowd grew to about 600. Chants of “Gay Power” and “We Shall Overcome” rang the early morning punctuated by screams and the clanking of thrown objects. A brave and somewhat bloody it was.
Out of that event was born the LGBT movement, which today continues to press and fight for equal rights for the Gay Community. There’s been great progress made, as the nation celebrates the 45th anniversary of that event. But there remains a great deal of work yet to done. It won’t be complete in my lifetime, perhaps it never will, but it is the same battle that was fought in the 50s in the south. If nothing else today, enlighten a friend or neighbor of this event…and keep fighting the good fight until Equal Rights are achieved for all.