If not for the brave queers who resisted and rebelled, I would not be who, what, or where I am today:
a 48 year old, out gay man, married to another out gay man for almost 20 years, openly gay manager of a government agency, living in a suburban neighborhood with my rainbow flag proudly flying in front of my home.
There are no words to properly express the depth of my gratitude.
5 thoughts on “Thank you Stonewall rioters”
We gays the whole world over owe an ENORMOUS gratitude to those courageous souls who’d just about had enough – and, by God, they showed it! Thank you – Dears all!
the penultimate pride celebration is today. EVERY DAY IS PRIDE DAY!
Unfortunately, many younger folks in the community do not get the importance of these riots and other events. A couple of months ago, I was outside of the Stonewall, and two of the “kids” smoking did not even know the significance of the bar.
It’s heartbreaking and worrisome how little the next gen queers know about their own history and struggle (and how much still needs to be done.)
So much progress has been made, and I never thought I’d see gay marriage as a legal option in the USA. As a teacher I can gauge the feelings of my early teen students and I can tell that the attitude towards the LBGTQ community has changed for the better in the last 15 or so years of my career. And these kids are the future.