The Stonewall riots didnt happen in a vacuum. Decades of systematic abuse toward gays and lesbians fueled the spark that would ignite the beginning of a gay and lesbian human rights struggle. It was illegal to make love in ways that drove our desires, lesbians were routinely arrested and raped when we failed to have on less than three articles of women's clothing and just falling in love and wanting to create a life with a same sex partner could get you killed or worse. White hetero patriarchy shamed, bashed, arrested, locked up, strip searched, confined us to mental institutions, tortured, electro shocked, raped and murdered gays and lesbians till we could no longer take it any more.
Stonewall rebellion 45 years ago:
Straight white males have long been the bane of gay and lesbian livelihood. THEY were the enemy, the majority, those who created the laws against and who held both power and money over us. But on a hot June night in 1969 one black Butch lesbian said NO FUCKING MORE and threw a punch at the police raiding the Stonewall Inn. That punch set off a decade of radical gay and lesbian rights struggles, visibility AND changes!
Forty-five years after the Stonewall riots, outside of the most minuscule progresses the L and G are drowning in a putrid alphabet stew run by the very same white straight males we fought against June 28th 1969. These men may not be wearing badges, but they are in uniform: