The Causes Of The Stonewall Riots

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Often times the phrase, “the first pride was a riot,” is used amongst the LGBTQ community in reference to what is commonly cited as the spark that started the modern gay rights movement. This event is known as the Stonewall Riots, an uprising against the NYPD that occurred as a response to police raids of gay bars. in the 60’s bars were one of the only places in which gay people felt safe enough to be themselves, and so these places became hotspots for New York City’s “undesirables,” from gay men and homeless gay youth, to butches, transwomen, and drag queens. These gay bars were also subject to regular police raids in which the patrons were harassed and arrested by cops, that is until the patrons of the Stonewall Inn stood up against the abuse on June 27, 1969, (Franke-Ruta 2013). It is said that the riot was led by Black and Latina transwomen, notably Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. To commemorate the beginnings of the modern gay rights movement, June is celebrated around the world as gay pride month, most countries (including the United States) recognizing the month as such. While the gay rights movement has come a long way since the 1960s, there is still much that needs to be done. Gay men and women are still seen as inferior to straight people because the world we live in is a heteronormative one, a place that values the relationships between heterosexual couples above all others and views these relationships as an ideal and as a norm; a place where men and women

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