Essay about The Riots Of The Stonewall Riots

1438 Words Sep 24th, 2015 6 Pages
In Greenwich Village, June 28th, 1969 at 1:20 on a Saturday morning there was a police raid on a popular gay bar; in itself this was far from an uncommon occurrence however the riots that followed were. The raid led to six days of what became known as the Stonewall Riots. The Riots were credited with being the event that commenced the LGBT+ movement. They were the event that ‘catapulted the issue of sexual liberation out of the dark ages and into a new era,’ , but while the Riots were instrumental in promoting social change in America they were far from perfect nor were they the only factor. The Stonewall Riots were violent, and like most violent riots they created a further barrier between the LGBT+ community and the other members of society; though, it can be held that without the violence the media, and therefore the rest of society, would have overlooked the Stonewall Riots, like the previous efforts made by the LGBT+ community. The main accomplishment of the Riots were that they encouraged the further participation of the LGBT+ community in standing up for their rights, ‘the riots alone would not be remembered today for transforming gay politics and life had they not been followed by organisations that transmitted the raw outrage into an ongoing social force.’ ; The activism that followed the Stonewall Riots led to more media attention, the building of relationships with the non-LGBT+ members of society and the abolition of unjust laws; by doing this the Stonewall Riots…

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