40 years ago

June 28, 1969: The Stonewall Riots Began With a Biting


In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, New York City police faced off against the gays in what would turn out to be the beginning of a movement. Forty years after the Stonewall Riots, here’s a peek at the police records that chronicled the start of it all. Among the revelations: “Police officer Charles Holmes of the 6th Precinct was treated at nearby Saint Vincent’s Hospital after being bitten on the right wrist by a Stonewall rebel. Biting has not earlier been documented as a Stonewall resistance tactic.”

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  • InExile

    Maybe the time has come to start biting again!

  • myrios123

    the biting seems to work more than the barking

  • prissysissy

    Thanks Queerty for a good post for a change. :-)
    @myrios123: apparently most people are not getting that – they just keep howling.

  • Shae

    Dang that was a long time ago, my mom was born two months after this….. I wish this would happen again, i would totally get in on this shit. Sad that it would have to come to a riot though. Fucking bigots.

  • Dabq

    I agree, for the first time this week a good thread and one that should be told.

  • James

    Seems so crazy that gays in the WEST VILLAGE (of all places) had to protest in this way. Hopefully it will seem just as crazy (or crazier) when our kids look back on the gay marriage rallies/protests/demonstrations today.

  • bobito

    @James: That’s exactly what we’re hoping and fighting for: so that one day, future generations will ask themselves, “Why did they think that letting two guys marry each other was gonna be such a big problem?”

  • Maverick69

    Me and the Gay rights movement are 40 years old Yay !!!!

    June 9, 1969 + June 28, 2009

  • galefan2004

    @Shae: Damn dude, saying 40 years ago was a long time ago makes me feel old. The fact that your mom is 10 years older than I am makes me feel even older.

  • Bitch, please!

    Learn how and where it all began, fellas! A very good lesson in history, not just for us but for all people.

  • Darrien

    I just look at those photos and and those people – damn, they were heroes. That bite was felt around the world. Thank God for them – my life is better because those people existed.

  • Lamesy

    So there HAS to be a rally or protest on the 28th in NYC, right? Or are we still being all PC about how it “looks bad” to criticize during pride events?

    O NOES what will the straight people think?! That we’re serious, for starters.

  • Bozwell

    WOW…has really been 40 years since the original and infamous STONEWALL uprising in Greenwich Village ?

  • Andrew

    You brainless,religious-fanatic jerk ! Not everyone is heterosexual-plain and simple! Human sexuality is complx & diverse.You can not make a homosexual into a heterosexual any more than you can make a hetero into homo !It’s so GOD damn simple-yet people here turn into something so complex.

  • Mona

    I heard that fat,repulsive, in-bred (her father is her oldest brother) daughter of Fred Phelps is it at again! This time she claims gays are responsible for Global Warming and impending doom !

  • Konstantina

    Are you talking about SHIRLEY PHELPS ? She is the really ugly,and evil daughter of that dangerous kook Rev. Fred Phelps,correct ?OH YES…she is gross,her brother is her father and she is twisted and evil !

  • DeMarkus

    Shirley Phelps is one for the record books. Fat,ugly,and rabidly ant-gay like her father and siblings.The rumor has it she was fathered by her eldest brother and has sex with her father regularly.This I believe-as the whole family is so evil and disturbed !

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