The Stonewall Uprising
Call it a riot, a rebellion or a revolt. By any name, the events that transpired in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 when New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, it instigated a confrontation that would galvanize the modern LGBT rights movement. Unlike many other gay establishments, the The Stonewall Inn was open to even to the most marginalized members of a community already pushed to the edges of society, becoming a sanctuary for drag queens, trans-people, homeless LGBT youth and queer people of color. This watershed moment in American history is often left out of public school curriculum but we can provide students with a heightened cultural awareness by sharing the stories of the Stonewallers. In section 2 of this playlist, students can experience those six days of chaos and glory through primary source accounts and recognize the social contributions of those who took a stand then and in the years that followed.