On 28th June 1969 the lgbtqia+ community really began its progression to what it is today. After dealing with police brutality for years, they’d had enough and the riots started at the Stonewall inn in Greenwich village, Manhattan.
If you want a true representation of the history of this event I highly recommend watching “The death and life of Marsha P. Johnson” who was a prominent figure in the community. Johnson was also a leading figure during the riots, and in aiding our social and political progression.
I do have a list of films to watch with more documentaries/films that can give you a more visual idea of what the time was like and what happened afterwards. Or if you’re just interested in lgbtqia+ history/culture
One year later, we had our first pride march, and we’ve never looked back.
We’ve gone from being an illegal community to being able to express ourselves and love freely and it’s in a large part thanks to Stonewall. I don’t even want to imagine where we would be without these riots.
Would we still have marriage rights? Would we still be an illegal “subculture?”
I dread to even think how far behind we would be if these riots didn’t happen, they truly did spring forward our progression into the mainstream.
In the UK being in a same-sex relations was decriminalised in 1967 in USA most states did this in the 1970’s (other than Illinois who decriminalised in 1962!)
In 51 years we’ve made great progress. We have rights against discrimination, we can get married, adopt children, be openly gay in the army (rather than “don’t ask, don’t tell”).
However, there are still 73 countries that have laws against being gay with punishments from fines, to the death penalty.
I’m hoping that in years to come this will change. It’s up to all of us to make a change and use our platforms and our voices to aid this change. If they could do it in 1969, we can do it now to help those in the community that don’t have the same rights as us.
Unfortunately, there are still people out there with a negative view of gay life and culture, they could be your parents, friends, family members?
Whilst we may have our rights! (Thanks Stonewall) Changing people’s perceptions and beliefs is a battle we all have to deal with at some point in our lives. Sometimes it’s a battle we can’t win. Whilst it’s a tough battle to face, we’re not here to discriminate but educate.
I’m just hoping that our generation will keep battling through and a change will come. If you need help or advice dealing with these issues, I’ve left a list of lgbtqia+ charities at the bottom of this post. Please use the resources available if you need to, or see how you can help others through the charities to help make a difference.
I want to personally say thank you to anyone out there that has helped aid in our progression! That have fought for our rights, been an ally; supported the community or generally made it a safer place to be. Thank you.
Take Care, stay safe
James. Aka Anothermaleblogger.