Friday, 28 June 2013

Stonewall: Riot, Girls!!!

Oh, nearly forgot, today is the anniversary of the first day of the Stonewall Riots.
And don't you forget, these riots couldn't have happened without their proud sponsors, Absolut Vodka, Barclays Bank, Claire's Accessories, Coors Beer, Monsanto, Rio Tinto Zinc, and the entire US Marine Corps.

Remembering Stonewall - a stunning, haunting radio documentary.
The events have been much mythologised and mistold - it's like the Sex Pistols at the 100 Club, now everyone claims they were there - but I think this gets closest to the truth.
There are some brief video interviews with Stonewall veterans here.
The 1984 documentary Before Stonewall: The Making Of A Gay And Lesbian Community can be watched here.
"Happy Pride!" as actually no-one but Boris Johnson says.

Edit: It has been brought to Fagburn's attention that "Happy Pride!" is now something of a "thing" among the insincere online community.
It is a meme. Or a trope. One or the other. I've never quite figured out what they mean.
I stand corrected.
So, happy fatuous cliché!

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