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Watch: 'Stonewall Uprising' Trailer


Stonewall Uprising is a new documentary by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner that chronicles three days of riots in New York's Greenwich Village  in June 1969 widely recognized as the birth of the modern gay rights movement. "This was the Rosa Parks moment," as one participant puts it. The film is narrated by Stonewall patrons and features what looks like some fascinating archival footage.

Watch the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Should be required viewing for all of us homos, especially the complacent ones.

    Posted by: pistolpetey | Apr 12, 2010 5:04:34 PM

  2. And to the Mo's who don't understand why Fire Island is so importnat to gays in NYC. It was the place people could go and be themselves.

    Posted by: Brian | Apr 12, 2010 5:22:59 PM

  3. I hope they get some good play on this movie - it's important to know our history. Too many gay people don't know how repressive New York City was during the 60s, when men arrested in gay bars had their names, ages and addresses printed in the papers.

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 12, 2010 5:30:12 PM

  4. 1. RE Fire Island: 90% of those who frequented Fire Island in 1969 wanted NOTHING to do with "gay liberation." And, I would guess that less than 50% still don't.

    2. "We discovered our power"....and we've let it evaporate...still begging for our rights 41 years later...still begging for crumbs from the White House table 8 months after Obama held his phony "Stonewall Anniverary" event.

    41 years after Stonewall we still have no federal protection for gays across the country save a weak hate crimes law that, while knowledge of it will eventually add some deterrent effect, only does something functionally for us AFTER we've been the victim of a hate crime.

    Out of the blogs and bars and into the streets!

    Posted by: Michael @ | Apr 12, 2010 5:38:28 PM

  5. It looks like a must see film.

    Posted by: jaragon | Apr 12, 2010 6:14:04 PM

  6. Thank God for Stonewall. But why do peeps insist that it was the start of the gay rights movement? It wasn't. Harry Hay, the Mattachine Society, the Daughters of Bilitis, anyone? Don't forget them. They laid the groundwork. And then there were the academics like Hirschfeld (from the '30s, mind you) and Evelyn Hooker before them. :O)

    Posted by: TheHappyHomo | Apr 12, 2010 6:50:26 PM

  7. A small historical quibble:

    I do not want to underestimate the value and importance of the Stonewall uprising, but it is historically wrong to call it the beginning of the "modern gay rights movement." The reason we believe, in the LGBT community, that it was the beginning is because the young people who were part of the Stonewall generation wrote the first LGBT history books.

    I think it might be accurate to say that Stonewall marked the beginning of something important for LGBT New York City, which at the time was under the thumb of organized crime and grift to the NYPD. But in 1969, NYC was about a decade behind other places, like Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in the public/out gay rights movement. And that's of course leaving out the more closeted movements and organizations that go back even earlier into the late 1940s.

    While Stonewall serves as an important symbolic moment that we can hang our collective hats on (and celebrate with mad peons to consumerism every June), I think it's vital to see gay rights social movement history in its full scope, perhaps as far back as the early 1920s, when Henry Gerber tried to start the first gay newsletter in Chicago.

    Today, as we struggle with the balance between on one hand wanting and needing equality and full recognition in the democratic public sphere, and on the other hand our desires for queerness and sexual and personal freedom as opposed to assimilation, it is vital that we remember the full history of this struggle and look back to the men and women who fought the groundbreaking battles before Stonewall. In going back to this earlier period we find men and women who were struggling with the same kinds of contradictions we are today, and we may find in them inspiration and ideas for ways forward in organizing and activism.

    Posted by: J. Todd Ormsbee | Apr 12, 2010 7:15:39 PM

  8. why didn't you post this before :<

    It already aired in my area

    Posted by: Lester | Apr 12, 2010 8:40:52 PM

  9. Don't miss "The Temperamentals"

    Posted by: rick | Apr 13, 2010 3:29:15 AM

  10. I happen to believe, Stonewall was a local happening... and a search of national newspapers, even papers in N.Y. did not give it more than a couple of lines mention, if any at all. That is why, I feel that the real beginning of the gay rights movement was during the Anita Bryant's led victory to rescind a gay rights housing ordinance in Dade County Florida on 6/7/77. I know first hand, how an impromptu march in San Francisco resulted from that anti-gay Dade County vote outcome.I was very involved in making it a national story. Keep in mind, there is a 3 hour difference in time between California and Florida. When the polls closed in Florida... it was 5 PM in San Francisco. Many, like myself went to the Castro... there was nothing planned in case of that result. Yet, a few people turned into a small crowd, and that small crowd continued to get bigger.

    The only media to show up was KTVU-TV Evening News, and I recommended to Tom Clancy(now a CNN Anchorman)that he lead into
    the news by calling it "Orange Tuesday". He liked it and he used it. Then the crowd began to assemble in front of the Catholic Church on Eureka. Harvey Milk, came by and started to pass out candles and had his bullhorn.(in the Milk Movie... it showed him speaking with a bullhorn in front of the Castro Theater, they also show many signs...
    that never happened) and Harvey, started the impromptu march using his bullhorn and yelling"OUT OF THE BARS AND INTO THE
    STREETS!" We began to march down Market Street... and were joined by many from both the gay and straight bars,then we turned on Polk Street, and passed City Hall( according to the "Milk" movie, they stopped there, and Harvey spoke to the crowd on his bullhorn... again that never happened) and we turned and went downtown... to Union Square. By the time we arrived, there were over 5,000 marchers crammed into a small space. It was
    after 11:P.M. and there was just a few signs. The biggest cheer of the night came when a young black girl climbed a flagpole and unfurled a Gay Power Flag, with a triangle on it. Only a few addressed the crowd, and Harvey was one of them. While Harvey spoke... one of the few signs, was in the background behind him "SAVE OUR RIGHTS!" While Harvey was speaking I snapped a few photographs. I recall Harvey warning the crowd,that if it could happen in Florida... it could happen in S.F. and elsewhere. By Midnight, most of the marchers disbanded, and a few headed back to the Castro. I decided to take my film over to Associated Press in Fox Plaza... I felt it should be a national story, and A.P. agreed. Shortly after midnight... it ran on A.P.s wire services it was noted in cities around the country, and introduced Harvey Milk, as the Gay Rights Spokesperson, 5 months before he was elected to the S.F. Board of Supervisors. By the afternoon of the 8th... my photo of Harvey was on the front page of the S.F. Examiner, and on the cover of the S.F. Chronicle Sunday World Section. Within a short time it became a national story... I honestly believe the Stonewall event took weeks, even months to be known in other city's gay neighborhoods.

    Posted by: jerry pritikin | Apr 13, 2010 1:08:36 PM

  11. Thanks for all your great work, Jerry, but Harvey was only "a" "Gay Rights Spokesperson" and went back to being no less "local" than Stonewall was until he was elected supervisor, got some national attention for that, then returned to California-only "celebrity" until he was killed.

    The NATIONAL gay spokesperson associated with this time was the same one that the Miami anti-Anita group invited to be their spokesperson: Leonard Matlovich. And it was he, before and after election night, that national MSM repeatedly went to, from "Newsweek" to NBC Nightly News, and he was the recognized figure on the "Village Voice" cover story leading the shell-shocked gays in Miami in singing "We Shall Overcome"; he who immediately left Miami and went to inspire gay conferences and pride events from Salt Lake City to Chicago, from New Orleans where he led thousands of demonstrators in a protest of a local appearance by Anita to Canada.

    Posted by: Michael @ | Apr 13, 2010 2:01:20 PM

  12. This mythologising of the power of Stonewall is becoming ridiculuous. It was the driving belief of the need for change, and spirit of freedom and experimentation of the 1960s and 70s that created gay freedom, not Stonewall. It's also what liberated drugs, liberated pornography, liberated attitudes, liberated nuns through Vatican II, etc. etc.

    Posted by: Jimbo | Apr 14, 2010 5:02:20 AM

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