The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots is nigh

  • wesv

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    Jan 14, 2015 5:33 AM GMT
    We will mark the 50th anniversary of that turning point in gay rights history in 2019. How do you think we will celebrate it? What will happen by then? We've come a long way.
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    Jan 14, 2015 2:04 PM GMT
    Is over 4 years away "nigh"? (near)

    Over half my life away, I was only 20 in 1969. I happened to be in Manhattan shopping those same days, just a few blocks away. For things I wanted before departing for Army Basic Training in a week.

    But Manhattan's a big place, and I don't recall anything being out of the ordinary, certainly no sirens or troops in the streets, and nobody was talking about it. Not until I got home did I see the front page headlines.

    But I didn't pay it too much attention. In the 1960s we had protests & riots every other week. About racial inequality, the Vietnam War, even women's rights. It was the decade when people came out into the streets on a regular basis, something younger guys here wouldn't understand or appreciate.

    I, like most of the country, had become numb to these sights, and we were beginning to tune them out. I think we still do.

    And I had other more immediate matters on my mind. Like, what Basic Training was going to involve, and was *I* going to Vietnam a few months afterwards.

    As far as come a long way, yes. The entire country, as well as myself. I didn't identify with gays then, in denial. My impression was that most people found them disgusting & reprehensible.

    Their queer riot was an annoyance nobody wanted, on top of everything else we were going through. Sorry, those were the times.

    How we celebrate the 50th anniversary nationally will depend on who's in the White House. If a Democrat it will be celebrated & honored. If a Republican it will be downplayed or ignored.
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    Jan 14, 2015 3:47 PM GMT
    Personally, I'd go to The Duplex, right next door to the site of Stonewall on Sheridan Square.

    I'd meant to go in since my 20s and it wasn't till my 50s and having to take two straight 23 year olds (metro in skinny jeans, yet) to entertain and time to kill that finally brought me there.

    I hadn't gone out in years, much less to a piano bar, but intuition led me to prep them with the following advice:

    "Piano bars skew older, so don't be surprised if you get a LOT of attention, more than at a gay pickup bar if they still exist. But you'll have a lot of fun. Before karaoke there was this, with an easier crowd, better mood and no judgments."

    When we arrived they went to the bathroom line, came back and announced they'd already had their asses grabbed. And took it as a compliment.

    When the MC (like most, a male Broadway dancer in his 20s or 30s) asked for a show of hands to see who the straights were and they raised theirs he said "No way are you two straight, you're not together? You're the hottest guys in here!"

    The two ate up the attention, flirted with the straight girls who felt safe and were open to flirtation, mock-flirting with the flamboyant muscle mary dancer/waiter/MC in his shredded hankied Daisy Dukes, unbuttoned flannel shirt and backwards baseball cap, totally got into the welcoming scene and the cabaret hags who even as biological females over-gestured their numbers (think Sondheim's "I'm Still Here"). I of course felt like the elder ambassador.

    So that's how I want to celebrate, how times have changed.
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    Jan 15, 2015 2:11 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidIs over 4 years away "nigh"? (near)


    Someone got a thesaurus for Christmas.
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    Jan 15, 2015 4:05 AM GMT
    UndercoverMan said
    Art_Deco saidIs over 4 years away "nigh"? (near)

    Someone got a thesaurus for Christmas.

    Too bad it didn't come with a calendar.
  • LutheranGuy

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    Jan 16, 2015 12:01 AM GMT
    wesv said2019


    Let's endure 2015 first.
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    Jan 16, 2015 6:54 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    UndercoverMan said
    Art_Deco saidIs over 4 years away "nigh"? (near)

    Someone got a thesaurus for Christmas.

    Too bad it didn't come with a calendar.


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  • waccamatt

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    Jan 17, 2015 2:02 AM GMT
    I attended the Stonewall 25 march in NYC in 1994, so hopefully there will be a Stonewall 50 in 2019.
  • martinaston

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    Jan 17, 2015 12:54 PM GMT
    really worth watching:
    Pay it No Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo0nYv9QIj4