"It was the Rosa Parks moment," says one man. June 28, 1969: NYC police raid a Greenwich Village Mafia-run gay bar, The Stonewall Inn. For the first time, patrons refuse to be led into paddy wagons, setting off a 3-day riot that launches the Gay Rights Movement.
Told by Stonewall, patrons, reporters, and the cop who led the raid, Stonewall Uprising recalls the bad old days when psychoanalysts equated homosexuality with mental illness and advised aversion therapy, and even lobotomies; public service announcements warned youngsters against predatory homosexuals; and police entrapment was rampant. At the height of this oppression, the cops raid Stonewall, triggering nights of pandemonium with tear gas, billy clubs and a small army of tactical police. The rest is history. — Karen Cooper, Director, Film Forum
“Valuable! The most thorough exploration...of what came to be known as gay pride.” — Stephen Holden, The New York Times
6:30pm RECEPTION / 7pm SCREENING / 8pm DISCUSSION
ADFS is sponsored by the Appreciating Diversity Film Committee, the Piedmont League of Voters, and DiversityWorks.