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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

What do you know about the Stonewall Riots and Pride?

Asked by Hawaii_Jake (32859points) June 28th, 2019

Fifty years ago today, the NYC Police raided the Stonewall Inn, a mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village in Manhattan. This was not a new event, but on this occasion, the patrons resisted and fought back. It sparked the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement.

Here is a short video with some good information.

Here is the definitive history of the uprising.

As a gay man, I am full of pride for today and what it represents. I enjoy a good life out of the closet because my elders fought back.

Does Pride mean anything to you? How has the LGBTQ+ movement impacted your life or the lives of people you’re close to?

And here’s something for fun.

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KNOWITALL's avatar

I’m happy anytime people can be their authentic selves and find happiness as well.

Pride doesn’t really have meaning in my life, although I tried to get a few friends together to go to St Louis, but they won’t! My friend isn’t even celebrating at all and he’s the first elected openly gay man on a committee in our city.

flutherother's avatar

There has been quite a bit of coverage about it by the BBC over here. In the UK being gay was a crime until 1967.

janbb's avatar

Quite a bit.

Yellowdog's avatar

LGBT-Q should remain visible and active in order to be identified as a distinct group with specific rights that need to be recognized, but hopefully, we are coming to respect each others’ rights and appreciate people who are not like ourselves, or whom we don’t agree with,

LGBT-Q needs to be recognized as a distinctive subculture—can’t really be called an ethnicity, but individuals who do exist and need to be recognized and acknowledged.

LostInParadise's avatar

Gay people should definitely not be ashamed of their sexual orientation, but are there grounds for pride? For example, black culture dominates the forms of popular music, and the jazz originating from black communities rivals classical music in its sophistication. Has gay culture done anything comparable?

janbb's avatar

@LostInParadise The number of writers, performers, artists and musicians who are gay have contributed immensely to world culture – let alone scientists, politicians, etc. If you are talking specifically about culture based in gayness, just look at drama, novels and films that have dealt with gay themes in the past 50 years. Much to be proud of indeed!

Aside from any external cultural manisfestations, there is great value in being proud of who you are and the community you are a part of.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@LostInParadise Alexander the Great was gay. He conquered much of the ancient world. The greatest wit of all time, Oscar Wilde was jailed for his homosexuality. Are you grateful the Nazis were defeated in WW2? You can thank the code breaker Alan Turing, a gay man. Have you ever seen any movie from the past 100 years of all movies? Yes? Then you have undoubtedly seen the work of LGBTQ+ people. Do you listen to music? The list of LGBTQ+ musicians, technicians, producers, etc. is long. At one point in the 70s, fully 5% of all music sales worldwide were from the music of one man, Elton John, a flaming homosexual.

Thank you for the first belly laugh I’ve had in a few days. Your ignorance of simple history is truly hysterical.

LostInParadise's avatar

I am well aware of contributions made by people who are gay. What I do not see is a shared cultural tradition. One could point to contributions made by people who are short or left handed, but there is no shared culture of shortness or left handedness. It is just one aspect of who a person is. The same holds for being gay. It is just one aspect of who a person is, and does not in and of itself define a person.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Watch RuPaul and tell me there’s no gay culture. You’re flat wrong.

Using your logic, a person’s skin color is only one aspect of them and does not define them.

I’m done.

LostInParadise's avatar

You cannot deny that there is a shared black culture, particularly in music. There is nothing comparable among gays.

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