Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month is noted every June in the United States. The annual celebration honors the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which occurred in New York City in 1969. A series of confrontations between police and gay rights activists, the Stonewall Riots are widely credited with igniting the modern day LGBT rights movement.
What is Stonewall?
The Stonewall riots (also known as the Stonewall uprising, Stonewall rebellion, or simply Stonewall) were a series of spontaneous protests by members of the gay community in response to a police raid. It began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan in New York City.
Who started the Stonewall Riots?
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At a certain point, an official hit a lesbian over the head as he constrained her into the police van — she yelled to spectators to act, prompting the group to start toss pennies, bottles, cobble stones and different items at the police. In no time, an all out revolt affecting many individuals started.
Who threw the first brick at Stonewall?
The answer includes everyone from Lady Gaga’s and Ariana Grande’s CGI ponytails to Stonewall pioneers Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera.
Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, two trans women of color, are frequently mentioned in relation to the first brick thrown at Stonewall and were both at the forefront of the LGBT+ rights movement that emerged from the riot. However, neither woman ever claimed ownership of this or even admitted that a brick was hurled.
Many people contributed to the development of the LGBT rights movement in the 1970s. With the Stonewall Riots in New York, gay liberation activist and drag queen Marsha P. Johnson emerged as a passionate local leader. On the West Coast, Harvey Milk also made a powerful impact, becoming the first openly gay man elected to office in California.