The American Experience: Season 23, Episode 10

Stonewall Uprising (25 Apr. 2011)

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This documentary, part of The American Experience (1988) series, examines the events leading up to what is now seen as the defining moment in the establishment of the gay rights movement in... See full summary »

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This documentary, part of The American Experience (1988) series, examines the events leading up to what is now seen as the defining moment in the establishment of the gay rights movement in the United States: the riot at the Stonewall Inn in New York City in the summer of 1969. At that time, homosexuality was not only illegal, it was classified as mental illness. Bars like Stonewall were controlled by the mob and the police were paid to either look the other way or conduct their raids early in the day. On this night however, the police arrived when the bar was full. The reaction was swift with crowds quickly forming outside the bar. The next night, a crowd estimated in the thousands again confronted the police. As a result of these actions, the gay community made themselves known for the first time. A year later, in the summer of 1970, many of those involved staged the first Gay Pride parade. Written by garykmcd

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On June 28, 1969, New York City Police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village, causing six days of riots, peaceful protests, and unrest. See more »

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Based on Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution by David Carter See more »

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Touching--whether you are gay or not.
10 May 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Looking at this episode of "The American Experience", it's a bit shocking today. What I mean is that it's hard to believe life was that rough for gay Americans--especially for younger audiences watching the film. It wasn't just kids making fun of gay kids--but a systematic and harsh hatred of everything gay. You learn about the reaction of the psychiatric community to gay people--with electroshocks and hospitalizations in psychiatric facilities! To add insult to injury, the cops routinely beat up gay folks and incarcerated them. Now I had sympathy for the cops and politicians in some cases--sex in public restrooms is not good--whether you are gay or straight. But when homosexuals went into private clubs behind closed doors and STILL were beaten and arrested, there got to be a point where enough is enough--and this led to the famous Stonewall Uprising. Like the Black Power and hippie movements, the gays were sick of being harassed and were willing to fight back (literally) to get basic human rights.

Overall, this is an inspiring and well made documentary. And for any sane person, it is hard for anyone to justify violence and abuse--no matter what your opinions are. In that sense, this film is for everyone. Well worth seeing.

60s psychiatric response to homosexuality


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