LIONEL AUDIO: Stonewall Uprising, Homophobia, How Things Haven’t Changed and The Insanity of Discrimination


31 minutes 10 seconds

I recently watched in disbelief and horror Stonewall Uprising, a documentary on the genesis of the gay rights movement.

“It was the Rosa Parks moment,” says one man. June 28, 1969: NYC police raid a Greenwich Village Mafia-run gay bar, The Stonewall Inn. For the first time, patrons refuse to be led into paddy wagons, setting off a 3-day riot that launches the Gay Rights Movement.

Told by Stonewall patrons, reporters and the cop who led the raid, Stonewall Uprising recalls the bad old days when psychoanalysts equated homosexuality with mental illness and advised aversion therapy, and even lobotomies; public service announcements warned youngsters against predatory homosexuals; and police entrapment was rampant. At the height of this oppression, the cops raid Stonewall, triggering nights of pandemonium with tear gas, billy clubs and a small army of tactical police. The rest is history. (Karen Cooper, Director, Film Forum) Id.

The sources of my disbelief and horror were that in the 41 years since Stonewall, while a lot has indeed changed, so much of the Neanderthal thinking (no offense to Neanderthals) about intragender love and attraction had not. It inspired me to provide this disquisition anent the subject.

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