PRIDE Vermont presents the Third Annual Stonewall Commemoration Service featuring inspiring speakers, music and fellowship. In addition to marking the Stonewall anniversary, this year, (in accordance with the theme for PRIDE Vermont 2014 – “Generations of Pride” ) we will hear about the lives of three different generations of LGBTQ Vermonters. This Friday June 27th, at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington, Vt. at 2 Cherry Street at 7pm. This event is free and open to all.
It all started back on June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s West Village, The bar is still present. It started like any other night. To enter, bar goers paid a $3 cover and signed a register (often with a fictitious or humorous name). Bar management was often tipped off when the local police district planned a raid on the bar and would warn LGBT patrons by turning on the lights.
However, on the morning of June 28, 1969, instead of the usual command, the NYPD First District raided the bar. But that particular time, the drag queens and street youth fought back. There were reports of stilettos, bottles, coins, bricks and debris thrown. The altercation spilled into the streets and more queer street youth joined in the uprising. As word spread, more LGBT people from surrounded neighborhoods joined the riot. They did not have cell phones to help spread the word. The rebellion, which lasted six days, marked the beginning of the modern LGBT rights movement.
Did you know that it was illegal for men to dance together, to serve alcohol to a homosexual, and to dress in the clothing of the opposite sex. The cops came in to break up the party but that night, they fought back.
So! Please join us in marking this very special day in the history of the LGBTQ community!
After this event come and join the House of LeMay for Cocktails at Three Needs at 185 Pearl Street it is just up the street!