Fighting Back–The Stonewall Riots

In honor of the DOMA and all the Pride awareness and celebration going on, I’m reposting this very important blog piece I wrote last year; it also happens to be my most-viewed post ever. Note: the 43-years-ago-today thing does not apply to now but rather to when this was originally posted.

THE REWILD WEST

This post is dedicated to, and about, the brave women and men who, 43 years ago today, said Enough is enough.  Who persevered through what must’ve been terrible fear, who stood up to their oppressors and FOUGHT BACK.  They are the reason that Gay Pride Parades are held throughout the country around this time; they helped spawn the modern gay rights’ movement.  And they are a shining example of how pacifism is not always enough–it’s just a tool, like any other in the toolbox.  Sometimes we have to fight back, turn the aggressors’ violence back on them and see how they like it, with all the fierce burning rage of the abused, the oppressed and repressed.  And sometimes we have to fight in the place of those who can’t fight for themselves.

In the early morning hours of June 28th, 1969, New York Police Officers were yet again…

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