The Stonewall Uprising

The Stonewall Uprising

The Stonewall Uprising is an American film that examines the events of the Stonewall raid by police on the morning of June 28, 1969. The movie features eyewitnesses account and interviews of a police raid on Stonewall Inn, a very popular gay bar located in the Greenwich section of New York. The documentary highlights the Stonewall riots, events that marked the turning point to modern day gay civil rights movements, both in the US and the world.

The first quarter of the documentary explores a general synopsis of attitudes of the society towards homosexuality in 1960s America. Those interviewed include Virginia Apuzzo, now a gay activist, whom while in the convent then, says she was living a lie then, but now has a chance to be what she wanted to be. Martin Boyce participated in the riots and says that it was a perfect event in his life. Garvin, who also participated in the riots, went on to get more politically involved through gay activism movements and founded Sober Together, the largest marching contingent. Hoose and others formed one the most politically involved movements called the Gay Liberation Front and recently met with president Obama. Also featuring is an archival footage from local television programs, CBS Report: The Homosexuals Pre-Stonewall Activism, and public service films.

The movie concludes by examining the aftermath of the rioting as a defining moment in gay history. The event energized the gay community as a political force and saw the establishment of the Christopher Street Liberation Day. Since the day of the Stonewall riots, the Inn has been a symbol of the struggle for gay and lesbian equality not only in America but also all over the world.

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