June 28, 2009 marks the 40th Anniversary of the riots at Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York. In the beginning, there were only a handful of men and women that took to the streets after becoming victims of another police raid. They were the spark that lit the fire and changed gay forever. As more and more people joined their movement, laws in the U.S. started changing. The struggle has been long and hard, but because of these men and women, life is a little easier for my generation.
At midnight tonight (Central Time) jaysays.com’s main site will be shutting down for 24 hours to honor the men and women who stood up against this sort of brutality. In lieu of the articles normally posted here, you will see this:
Forty years ago, a small contingent of LGBT people decided they had taken enough from the police, who had been raiding gay bars in New York City’s Greenwich Village. In the early morning hours, a police raid of the Stonewall Inn ended in riots as the gay community finally fought back. Since then, much has changed.
Although members of the LGBT community are still brutalized by police and others, gay is no longer considered a crime in the United States. As a small tribute to the 40th anniversary of this historic occasion which has made life a little better for my generation, and in hope that the lives of future generations of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people will benefit from the work of this generation, jaysays.com’s main site will not be available until Monday, June 29, 2009. I encourage others to join me in celebrating the lives of the generation of activists who came before us.