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Stonewall Uprising Documentary Will Mean Different Things to Different Gays

Whenever we see period footage from around the time of the Stonewall riots, on June 28, 1969, we always think: Remember when you could smoke in New York City bars?

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On:           Apr 13, 2010
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    • alan brickman
      alan brickman

      Gays these days seem to have forgotten how to march and fight for their rights…

      Apr 13, 2010 at 11:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tylertime
      Tylertime

      Wasnt’t thsi all covered in BEFORE STONEWALL and AFTER STONEWALL which was out a decade ago?

      Apr 13, 2010 at 11:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • scott ny'er
      scott ny'er

      I wouldn’t think that. I would actually think, man, look how far the movement has come and our rights have come and how far we still have to go.

      If I was to think about smoking it would be more like this, “I can’t believe they actually let people smoke in bars back then.”

      Apr 13, 2010 at 1:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Patrick
      Patrick

      Sadly, the LGBT community has few (if any) ways to communicate its history from one person (or group, generation, however you want to consider it) to the next.

      Yes, I, personally learned about it in college, and live in New York so I’m reminded about it regularly, but people who are coming out now may not have the same resources I have.

      Someday there will be institutions created to make this happen, but, well, yeah, they don’t exist at the moment.

      Apr 13, 2010 at 1:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fitz
      Fitz

      It is important for queer people to tell their history, and not have it only told through straight voices.

      Apr 13, 2010 at 1:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Thunderpuss
      Thunderpuss

      @Fitz: I couldn’t agree more. Our history, no matter how many times we tell it or different vantage points we tell it from, is part of our social identity.

      In a community as diverse and unique as the LGBT crowd it’s often difficult to see the bonds that unite us. Gay men are often very separate from gay women. Black gays are often detached from white gays. Old gays are often disconnected from young.

      The point is: Our history unites us all.

      Apr 13, 2010 at 3:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SSCHIEFRSHA
      SSCHIEFRSHA

      Let’s not forget the true pioneers on the earlier pages of history—Magnus Hirschfeld and his daring attempt to strike down sodomy laws in late 19th century Germany. Signatories included Albert Einstein, Hermann Hesse, K├Ąthe Kollwitz, Thomas Mann, Heinrich Mann, and Rainer Maria Rilke

      Apr 13, 2010 at 3:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sam
      sam

      @Tylertime: doesn’t mean it can’t be covered again :P

      there’s god knows how many docos on various things in WWII or the Cold War… why can’t there be plenty on stonewall?

      Apr 13, 2010 at 7:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • FNNU
      FNNU

      So a gay museum studies students suggested they turn the Stone Wall Inn into a museum for GLTB history. But, what would you put in it?

      Apr 13, 2010 at 9:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sam
      Sam

      Watching “Mad Men,” I’m never shocked by the sexism, racism, or homophobia – because I’m expecting it. It’s the constant smoking, drinking, and borderline neglectful (by modern-day standards) parenting techniques that shock the hell out of me.

      Apr 13, 2010 at 11:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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