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Stonewall Uprising
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2013
Of course, no one video can cover all the facts. For example, it was not until I watched a video called "Making Boys in the Band" that I learned that the Funeral of Judy Garland was the day that Stonewall Riot took place. " earlier that the day, Friday, June 27th, 1969, a great many men from the Village flocked to Judy Garland’s funeral at a upper Eastside funeral parlor at Madison Ave and 81st. What impressed them — and in the early hours of the next day, mobilized them to resist the police raid on the Stonewall Inn — wasn’t Garland’s divahood (after all, it had been her downfall), but rather the number of other gay men they saw at the event. These were Garland’s fans. There were crowds of homosexuals recognizing each other on the street in front of the funeral parlor." Modern Warfare 2 Prestige November 10, 2009 at 8:04 pm

But all in all, an excellent Video about an event, few understand, Gay or Straight.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
"The Stonewall Uprising" is a very educational, powerful documentary. I was impressed with the archival footage, still photographs and interviews with just a few of the people who were there the night that GLBTQ people finally refused to be bullied by police and "the establishment." Up until the Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969, gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgender people and those questioning their sexuality were routinely subjected to humiliating, brutal punishments for simply being "caught" in a gay bar--they were arrested as the bar was raided and their names and addresses were published in local newspapers! They were frequently ruined for life; they often lost their jobs as a result of being arrested for "homosexual (and other) acts" because the papers made it very public that they had committed what was then just about the most horrible, shameful and indecent crime you could commit. Indeed, it's chilling to see footage of a law enforcement officer barking at a group of young students that if they were involved in any same-sex activity or similar relationships they "would find out about it and you'll be caught--we'll tell your parents" and more! Those poor students looked scared to death. There was even a "Dachau for queers" called The Atascadero State Hospital in California where staff injected "sexual deviants" with a drug designed to make them feel they were drowning in an effort to "cure them."

Some of the most poignant footage is the interviews we get with several people who were actually at The Stonewall Bar that evening--they tell how the Mafia routinely ran the gay bars and paid off the cops to either stay away or raid the bars at pre-arranged times. These eye-witnesses also tell of just how big the crowd of angry people became after The Stonewall was raided unexpectedly and how violence broke out--this was the first time police had ever seen this reaction from the gays, lesbians, drag queens and others on their side. We find out what happened after more police arrived; the complete story of what transpired that evening is fascinating. We learn in great detail how the GLBTQ community resisted police all through that night. There is even interview time with a police office who was there the night the bar was raided.

Overall, I highly recommend this film for anyone in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning community; and it's clearly essential viewing for anyone studying the history of human rights and civil rights. We must remember The Stonewall Uprising so that younger generations of people will know about the birth of what was to become the global GLBTQ equal rights movement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2013
Always love to read and here about stonewall. It's good to here about where us GLBT folk had to go through during those times. Makes you appreciate what you have now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2012
love the subject! I was actually there at the time, I was walking home from work and was passing the door as all hell broke loose. nice to seesome old friends in the films.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2012
I had never heard of the Stonewall revolt before watching this on PBS. I found the interviews with the participants to be genuine and the situation that led to the uprising intolerable. This could have turned into a nightmare but the players kept the violence to a minimum and the gay community used their heads and broke out of the closets. The DVD should be shown at high schools. The DVD makers did an excellent job letting me know exactly what went on with no holds. If I want the truth I look to PBS. Unlike Hollywood they put out the facts and I am allowed to make up my mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2014
It's scary to realize that not that long ago gay people in the US had few rights and suffered a lot of harassment, and had to live amazingly closeted lives. This documentary brings it home clearly by telling a cohesive narrative while weaving in firsthand accounts of living people and teaching us about one night when everyone had had enough.

I wasn't alive then and you can bet the Stonewall wasn't mentioned in school. It should have been, as it is as important today as any civil rights event. Anyway, my point is that like me, you might not know a lot about that time period, and I was really glad to find this production that covered it in a very human way. Yes, it tells the Stonewall's story, but it excels at giving you the atmosphere of the times as well.

It's funny too, to watch it in the context of today. There's one man, a purported expert on homosexuality, who claims to have tried it and realized it was not for him, but who advocated for gay acceptance anyway. At one point he talks about having enough mainstream acceptance of gays to allow them to have real relationships and not be driven underground. He follows that up with a chuckle, saying something to the effect of "After all, it's not like they want to get married, or adopt children." What a time capsule! You begin to understand the circular logic of the times - how forcing relationships to occur "in the dark" brought about the very behavior that made outsiders despise many gay people, and how fear led to many misconceptions as well.

A terrific story very well told. I appreciated it enough that when my first disc broke while popping it out of the box that I got another one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2013
I was told about this film by a person involved in the earliest days of the gay rights movement - I had told this person I wanted to learn more about what it meant to be Gay in America, both "then" and now. Stonewall Uprising is a powerful, firsthand account of people who, having been habitually persecuted for doing things we all take for granted - said enough. Thus a movement was born and steps toward equality were (and still are being) taken.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2013
I am a college professor, and show it to my classes as a tool to teach about advocacy through popular culture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2013
I absolutely LOVED this film. I saw it on my local PBS station. It has alot of old vintage photos and videos of how life was like for LGBT folks back in the 1950s and 1960s. I was growing up then and had no idea about our LGBT history and had to be LGBT in total isolation. This film should be shown in all the schools to show the students the importance of the LGBT Civil and Human Rights struggles that we are having still today with marriiage equality, Prop 8, and DOMA. I think it should be mandatory that the Supreme Court Justices view this film prior to their rulings on the marriage equality cases before them in march.Our LGBT history is just as important as the struggles for women's equality, racial equality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2011
The "Occupy" groups could take a lesson from this movie. Great history lesson. Hard to think these people paved the way for so many others.
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