Stonewall Inn Becoming (has now become) a Landmark: Homeless Gay Youth the first to fight police

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    Jun 02, 2015 7:37 PM GMT
    Stonewall Inn Is a Step Closer to Becoming a Landmark

    ...Today, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to formally consider Stonewall Inn for landmark designation, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation said in a press release this morning...


    ...Located on 51-53 Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, Stonewall has been considered the birthplace of today’s LGBT rights movement...

    ...Though New York State and the federal government recognized the tremendous significance of Stonewall in 1999 by listing it on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, only New York City landmark designation actually protects the building and ensures its preservation...
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    Jun 03, 2015 1:21 PM GMT
    The Stonewall Inn, taken September 1969. The sign in the window reads: "We homosexuals plead with our people to please help maintain peaceful and quiet conduct on the streets of the Village—Mattachine."
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    Jun 03, 2015 1:35 PM GMT
    The myth of our drag queen beginnings...

    ...The raid did not go as planned. Standard procedure was to line up the patrons, check their identification, and have female police officers take customers dressed as women to the bathroom to verify their sex, upon which any men dressed as women would be arrested. Those dressed as women that night refused to go with the officers. Men in line began to refuse to produce their identification. The police decided to take everyone present to the police station, after separating those cross-dressing in a room in the back of the bar. Maria Ritter, then known as Steve to her family, recalled, "My biggest fear was that I would get arrested. My second biggest fear was that my picture would be in a newspaper or on a television report in my mother's dress!" ...

    ...A bystander shouted, "Gay power!", someone began singing "We Shall Overcome", and the crowd reacted with amusement and general good humor mixed with "growing and intensive hostility".[62] An officer shoved a transvestite, who responded by hitting him on the head with her purse as the crowd began to boo. Author Edmund White, who had been passing by, recalled, "Everyone's restless, angry, and high-spirited. No one has a slogan, no one even has an attitude, but something's brewing."[63] Pennies, then beer bottles, were thrown at the wagon as a rumor spread through the crowd that patrons still inside the bar were being beaten.

    A scuffle broke out when a woman in handcuffs was escorted from the door of the bar to the waiting police wagon several times. She escaped repeatedly and fought with four of the police, swearing and shouting, for about ten minutes. Described as "a typical New York butch" and "a dyke–stone butch", she had been hit on the head by an officer with a baton for, as one witness claimed, complaining that her handcuffs were too tight.[64] Bystanders recalled that the woman, whose identity remains unknown (Stormé DeLarverie has been identified by some, including herself, as the woman, but accounts vary [65] [note 3]), sparked the crowd to fight when she looked at bystanders and shouted, "Why don't you guys do something?" After an officer picked her up and heaved her into the back of the wagon,[66] the crowd became a mob and went "berserk": "It was at that moment that the scene became explosive." ...
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    Jun 03, 2015 1:41 PM GMT
    Your civil rights, courtesy of our homeless gay youth...
    This photograph appeared in the front page of The New York Daily News on Sunday, June 29, 1969, showing the "street kids" who were the first to fight with the police.

    ...The only photograph taken during the first night of the riots shows the homeless youth that slept in nearby Christopher Park, scuffling with police.[71] The Mattachine Society newsletter a month later offered its explanation of why the riots occurred: "It catered largely to a group of people who are not welcome in, or cannot afford, other places of homosexual social gathering... The Stonewall became home to these kids. When it was raided, they fought for it. That, and the fact that they had nothing to lose other than the most tolerant and broadminded gay place in town, explains why,,,

    So by this then, while it was a drag queen who might have swung the first purse, it was our homeless kids who threw the first punch.

    It is the homeless youth of Stonewall who are our benefactors.
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    Jun 24, 2015 3:39 PM GMT
    New York City Makes Stonewall Inn a Landmark

    The Stonewall Inn, the Greenwich Village bar where resistance to a police raid touched off the modern gay rights movement, was made a New York City landmark on Tuesday, the first time a site has been named primarily because of its significance in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history.

    ...Patrons fought back against a police raid on the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, and the street protests that followed for several days are credited with galvanizing gay activism in New York and globally. The rebellion is commemorated with annual gay pride parades in hundreds of cities.

    ... “Few sites anywhere in New York have the international resonance of Stonewall,” said Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

    ...“There are few locations that can be cited as the birthplace of a global movement,” said Councilman Corey Johnson, a Democrat whose district includes the Stonewall. “One such location is the Stonewall Inn.”

    ...One of the buildings, at 51 Christopher Street, is home to the current Stonewall Inn, which remains a gathering place for gay New Yorkers. The brick and stucco facades of the two structures, originally built as stables in the 1840s, have essentially been unchanged since 1969.

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