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Stonewall riots: 50 years ago, the beginnings of LGBT + activism


On June 28, 1969, New York police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in the Greewich Village neighborhood, causing riots. These events are considered the beginnings of LGBT + activism.

In the late 1960s, homosexuality is considered a mental illness in the United States and is banned in the country. The LGBT + community is regularly targeted by the police. But on the night of June 28, 1969, for the first time, customers Stonewall Inn - homosexuals, lesbians, transvestites - did not look down at the police, the prelude to six days of riots.

"I remember this policeman, he saw something in our eyes, on our face ... He blinked, he swallowed, he was nervous, without reaction," remembers Martin Boyce, 21 at the time of the facts , at the microphone of France 24.

Three years ago, Barack Obama declared Stonewall National Monument a national park, just like the Grand Canyon or the Statue of Liberty. But for Ken Lustbader, Co-Director of LGBT Historical Sites in New York, "Donald Trump and his administration is a threat to the rights of homosexuals, it is a threat to all who are different, and we should not take it lightly".

Today, the rainbow flag is floating on New York. The city will host Sunday, and like every year, the Pride March, a "World Pride" monster, which could accommodate this year "two to three million more tourists".

Source: france24

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