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Robert Bryan in August Transgender people were occasional customers, but in that era, they self-identified as drag queens or transvestites, not transgender. And they rarely dressed in full garb, mindful not just of street harassment, but of a law that forbade wearing more than three pieces of clothing associated with the opposite sex. And they didn't allow no women in. And then they started allowing women in. And then they let the drag queens in," Johnson said in an interview in with Marcus.
Because it served gay customers, police raids were common. Management typically bribed police to tip them off in advance so they could turn on the lights and interrupt dancing, which could risk arrest. But there was no tip the night of the raid that launched the six-day uprising. By the late s, the gay rights movement was building momentum across the United States. Local chapters of the Mattachine Society , which started in , provided a community for gay men and forums for public discourse.
The Daughters of Bilitis , started in , offered a similar support network for lesbians. The scene outside the Stonewall Inn on July 2, They staged pickets in Washington to protest the exclusion of homosexuals from military service, and gathered in Philadelphia each year on July 4 for " annual reminders " demanding legal protections. Mattachine-New York helped end policies permitting police entrapment. But police raids of bars and bathhouses continued, and a spate of violent homophobic attacks put the LGBTQ community on edge.
On Tuesday, June 24, police raided the Stonewall, rankling patrons who were tired of being harassed. He returned the following Friday with plans to tear up the bar and slap the owners with enough infractions to shut it down for good.
Almost immediately, police encountered resistance, Pine later told Carter. Shortly after midnight, Bryan said he was walking down Christopher Street with a friend when a young man came running. He joined a crowd gathering across the street in a small plaza.
As officers wrestled with a "butch lesbian" who was resisting arrest, Bryan said the crowd threw anything they could get their hands on — coins, bricks, bottles. The crowd attempts to impede police arrests outside the Stonewall Inn on June 28, Police chased rioters through Greenwich Village's streets while Bryan observed a "chorus line" form in front of officers and start chanting.
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Carter and Marcus said pictures from the first night show a "rainbow of kids," seemingly street kids and homeless LGBTQ youth, who were likely the main instigators. Word of the riots spread across the city the next morning. The first night drew to people, but an estimated 2, showed up outside the bar on Saturday night.
Members of the crowd held hands in bold displays of public affection. They chanted "gay power," "we want freedom now" and "Christopher Street belongs to the queens. To block off Christopher Street, they formed a human chain and turned over a car, attracting riot police that led to more clashes. Amid the melee, a crowd swarmed a taxi and the driver had a heart attack, the only death over six nights. The next three nights were relatively quiet, likely because people had work the next day.
By the third day of the riots, messages filled a boarded-up window of the Stonewall Inn.
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By Wednesday, protesters were back -- inflamed by media coverage of "gay cheerleaders" and "Sunday f-- follies. Overall, 21 people were arrested -- most of them on the first night -- and many police and rioters were injured. But a spark was ignited. Other Stonewall veterans favored more radical action. A new group that included former Mattachines and feminists anointed themselves the Gay Liberation Front.
They held dances to raise money to show they didn't need the Mafia for entertainment.
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The proceeds funded an underground newspaper, a bail fund for members and lunches for the poor. They questioned mayoral candidates at forums about their views on homosexuality. The group began to unravel within months. I Love The 90's Karaoke. Danielle Presents Anything Goes.
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