The Rainbow Riot

The ongoing struggle which has consumed and defined my adult life for gay rights, or “gay liberation” as it was originally called after that June resistance at The Stonewall, began in earnest 50 years ago on this day when the drags and the fairies and the dykes and the rent boys and the rough trade and the ones with no place else to go stepped out of the shadows of a dingy bar and claimed their humanity with pride.

50 YEARS AGO TODAY

The Stonewall Riots

June 28th, 1969


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