American Experience: Stonewall Uprising
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Stonewall Uprising explores the dramatic event that launched a worldwide rights movement. When police raided a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before: they fought back. As the streets of New York erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations, the collective anger announced that the gay rights movement had arrived.
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You get much more than just the Stonewall Inn story. You get a development of the story of a certain treatment of a certain group of people only rivaled by the horrific trials suffered by the Jews during the holocaust. That may sound dramatic to some, but if you objectively step back and look at the entire history of the treatment of homosexuals in human history, you'll agree that the methodic efforts to obliterate this sector of society has been continuous and is still alive today.
This documentary belongs in every library interested in human history. Not just just gay history.
This is valuable for those of us who "came out" after Stonewall and at the beginning or in the middle of the LGBT movement. It is very meaningful especially now as the U.S. Supreme Court considers two marriage equality cases. This film really shows us how far we really have come!