As we’ve seen over recent weeks, direct action is sometimes necessary in order to exact social change. On June 28, 1969 in Greenwich Village, a bastion for New York City’s gay community, a riot broke out after police raided the popular Stonewall Inn. The demonstration became the catalyst for the modern LGBTQ movement in the United States; it immediately led to organizing and the formation of gay rights groups in New York City, and the first New York Pride march occurred on the anniversary of the riot in 1970. The Stonewall riots truly transformed the United States of America.
Our episode of The Oxford Comment today features interviews with Elizabeth Wollman, author of Hard Times: The Adult Musical in 1970s New York City, and Micah Salkind, author of Do You Remember House?: Chicago’s Queer of Color Undergrounds, on the convergence of LBGTQ culture and art, especially in the aftermath of Stonewall and other movements focusing on gay rights in the late 1960s and 1970s.
Featured image credit: Stonewall Inn the day after President Obama announced the Stonewall National Monument in June 2016. Wikimedia Commons.CC BY-SA 4.0 via