For generations of gays and lesbians, especially those for whom walking into the sometime secret and darkened doorway of one was often the first step in the coming-out process, gay bars have long held a significant place in their personal histories. That was never more apparent than in the days following the mass shootings at Pulse, the gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Cooper, who publicly acknowledged his sexual orientation in Below, some other prominent gays and lesbians recall what gay bars meant to them as they began to embrace their sexuality, some eagerly and some nervously.
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Eleven years later the self-described effeminate child found herself homeless and hustling on 42 nd Street to scratch out enough money to get by. Sylvia was all of seventeen when she crossed paths with history at the Stonewall Inn on the night of June 28, She died at 51, having struggled with addiction and homelessness for much of her life, even as she continued to fight for trans rights and LGBTQ equality. To learn more about Sylvia, have a look at this astonishing video , shot by the L. You can watch a video of Bette Midler singing at the rally, which was also shot by the L.
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The Stonewall riots also referred to as the Stonewall uprising or the Stonewall rebellion were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the gay LGBT community [note 1] in response to a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, , at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan , New York City. Patrons of the Stonewall, other Village lesbian and gay bars and neighborhood street people fought back when the police became violent. The riots are widely considered to constitute one of the most important events leading to the gay liberation movement   and the twentieth century fight for LGBT rights in the United States. Gay Americans in the s and s faced an anti-gay legal system. These influences, along with the progressive environment of Greenwich Village , served as catalysts for the Stonewall riots.
I felt I had the time and I knew that I had to do something. My revolutionary blood was going back then. I was involved with that. Rivera: I did a lot of marches. I had to do something back then to show the world that there was a changing world.