Welcoming Dottie and Friends to Metraland!
The turning point occurred on a sultry night, June 28, 1969 on Christopher Street in New York. Although the Stonewall Inn had been raided by police many times in the past the attempted raid on this night was met by a “we’re not going to take it anymore” attitude by the patrons and they fought back. As the melee grew and poured out into the street a large crowd of neighborhood gays joined in the fight- which resulted in the cops retreating back into the bar for their own safety. This initial riot last for hours and was subsequently followed by further riots in the next couple nights when thousands of LGBT people joined in – all targeting the police and their brutality. The first anniversary of the Stonewall riots in June 1970 saw the initiation of unifying Gay Pride marches not only in New York – but across the country. In 2016 we celebrate the 47th anniversary of Stonewall – and all that event stands for.