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Wait, Why Is Stonewall Such a Big Deal Again?

We’re sort of loving this retrospective on Before and After Stonewall from AARP, which takes a look at what was going on in the struggle for gay rights before that fateful night June 28, 1969, on Christopher Street. Interviewing folks like Dr. Frank Kameny (fired from a government job 52 years ago and one of the first visible gay rights leaders), we’re reminded that we give Stonewall such significance not because of the showdown with police, but because the community actively pushed to commemorate the date every year thereafter.