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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Stonewall Uprising

            I’ve learned little about the Stonewall Uprising and the affects it had in bringing gay rights to national attention. It’s amazing to note that it has to reach a point pressure within a marginalized community to finally standup for themselves against what society sees “morally right.” There’s been previous civil uprisings for LGBT rights before Stonewall, one especially in Los Angeles. Gay and lesbian patrons of a downtown donut shop, around 1959, were sick of the constant negative harassment by Los Angeles Police Department, they threw coffee and donuts at them stating enough is enough. 
 
             In the American Experience documentary, Stonewall Uprising, we see the constant public, psychological, and bureaucratic torment of young men and women who identified as gay or lesbian. For most of these individuals, they lived a life of shame and secrecy, fearing for worst when entering the public sphere. But there were havens, such as the Stonewall Inn, that provide a safe zone for young gay and lesbian individuals to act as themselves.
 
  I’ve never been participant of any protest or pride parade in my life, but after watching the documentary, I felt this revolt helped secure a pathway of dialogue and security amongst individuals of the LGBT community and my closet friends and peer who identify as gay or lesbian. Although today, there are still some who believe in “preserving moral straightness.” I believe we as society have progressively moved further up the ladder in LGBT rights through policy changes and public awareness, there is more to done in fighting for acceptance for all. 

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