Essay On The Stonewall Riot

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Before June 28, 1969, homosexual acts between consenting adults were illegal in all fifty states of America, which was reported in the article “The Stonewall Riots: June 28, 1969” (“The Stonewall Riots”). The Stonewall Inn is a gay bar in New York City. In 1969, it had no liquor license and held refuge for gay men and transvestites against the prejudiced police and laws. The laws were made to specifically On June 28th, these police raided Stonewall, which was not uncommon. But that night, for some unknown reason, people fought back. They made themselves heard. They never thought that that could have changed the world by changing the way everyone viewed them. The Stonewall Riot was the most important event in American LGBT – lesbian, gay, bisexual, …show more content…
The riot started a tradition of LGBT pride parades throughout the country, which NBC news mentions in the article “The Long March to Marriage Equality, From Stonewall to the Supreme Court.” NBC news reports that a year after the riot, in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago, the first gay pride parades were held (“The Long March to Marriage”). Another source says something similar, that “on the first anniversary of the Stonewall riot, the first major Gay Pride Parade took place in New York City” (“The Stonewall Riots”). Pride parades are a major part of the LGBT community. So much so, that Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. discusses it in his article “DoD 's Pride Month Celebration Highlights LGBT Leadership.” He notes that “President Barack Obama [has] declared June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month” (Tyrone “DoD’s Pride Month”). Clearly, the significance of “pride” is important enough to the LGBT community that President Obama addressed it. Since the first pride parade happened on the first anniversary of Stonewall, it is apparent that Stonewall started this tradition, molding an important event in the LGBT

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