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THE MODERN GAY RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN AMERICA THE STONE WALL RIOT MOVEMENT IN AMERICA

THE STONE WALL RIOT AND THE TRIUMPHS AND THE STONE WALL RIOT AND THE TRIUMPHS AND TRAGEDIES SINCE AND THE TRIUMPHS AND TRAGEDIES SINCE >> Reporter: LONG TRAGEDIES SINCE >> Reporter: LONG BEFORE THE STONEWALL >> Reporter: LONG BEFORE THE STONEWALL IN WAS A RAINBOW BEFORE THE STONEWALL IN WAS A RAINBOW SPANGLED SCENE OF IN WAS A RAINBOW SPANGLED SCENE OF PRIZE, IT WAS A SCENE SPANGLED SCENE OF PRIZE, IT WAS A SCENE OF UPRISING PRIZE, IT WAS A SCENE OF UPRISING

>> IT’S EXTREMELY OF UPRISING >> IT’S EXTREMELY SENTIMENTAL >> IT’S EXTREMELY SENTIMENTAL >> Reporter: JOE WAS A SENTIMENTAL >> Reporter: JOE WAS A REGULAR BACK AT THE >> Reporter: JOE WAS A REGULAR BACK AT THE TIME WHEN GAY BARS REGULAR BACK AT THE TIME WHEN GAY BARS WERE RAIDED BY POLICE

TIME WHEN GAY BARS WERE RAIDED BY POLICE >> THIS WAS WERE RAIDED BY POLICE >> THIS WAS EXTRAORDINARILY RISKY >> THIS WAS EXTRAORDINARILY RISKY >> Reporter: WHEN EXTRAORDINARILY RISKY

>> Reporter: WHEN OFFICERS RAIDED >> Reporter: WHEN OFFICERS RAIDED STONEWALL IN 1969, THE OFFICERS RAIDED STONEWALL IN 1969, THE CROWD FOUGHT BACK STONEWALL IN 1969, THE CROWD FOUGHT BACK >> THERE WAS RIOTING CROWD FOUGHT BACK >> THERE WAS RIOTING

THERE WAS SIGNIFICANT >> THERE WAS RIOTING THERE WAS SIGNIFICANT RIOTING, AND PEOPLE THERE WAS SIGNIFICANT RIOTING, AND PEOPLE WERE SETTING FIRES TO RIOTING, AND PEOPLE WERE SETTING FIRES TO ALL GARBAGE CANS WERE SETTING FIRES TO ALL GARBAGE CANS >> AS YOU’RE SITTING ALL GARBAGE CANS >> AS YOU’RE SITTING THERE JUST TAKING THIS >> AS YOU’RE SITTING THERE JUST TAKING THIS ALL IN, WHAT’S GOING THERE JUST TAKING THIS ALL IN, WHAT’S GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND? ALL IN, WHAT’S GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND? >> I COULDN’T BELIEVE THROUGH YOUR MIND? >> I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT

>> I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT I THOUGHT IT WAS — IT IT I THOUGHT IT WAS — IT DID SEEM LIKE A MOVIE I THOUGHT IT WAS — IT DID SEEM LIKE A MOVIE >> Reporter: THE RIOTS DID SEEM LIKE A MOVIE

>> Reporter: THE RIOTS CONTINUED FOR SEVERAL >> Reporter: THE RIOTS CONTINUED FOR SEVERAL NIGHTS AND THE CONTINUED FOR SEVERAL NIGHTS AND THE MOVEMENT LASTED MUCH NIGHTS AND THE MOVEMENT LASTED MUCH LONGER MOVEMENT LASTED MUCH LONGER >> AND IMMEDIATELY LONGER >> AND IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS LGBT GROUPS >> AND IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS LGBT GROUPS WERE FORMED TO COMBAT AFTERWARDS LGBT GROUPS WERE FORMED TO COMBAT DISCRIMINATION AND WERE FORMED TO COMBAT DISCRIMINATION AND FIGHT FOR LIBERATION DISCRIMINATION AND FIGHT FOR LIBERATION

>> Reporter: OVER THE FIGHT FOR LIBERATION >> Reporter: OVER THE YORES, THE INN TOOK ON >> Reporter: OVER THE YORES, THE INN TOOK ON OTHER IDENTITIES YORES, THE INN TOOK ON OTHER IDENTITIES INCLUDING A BAGEL SHOP OTHER IDENTITIES INCLUDING A BAGEL SHOP AND CHINESE INCLUDING A BAGEL SHOP AND CHINESE RESTAURANT, BUT TODAY AND CHINESE RESTAURANT, BUT TODAY IT’S ONCE AGAIN A BAR RESTAURANT, BUT TODAY IT’S ONCE AGAIN A BAR ATTRACTING TOURISTS IT’S ONCE AGAIN A BAR ATTRACTING TOURISTS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE ATTRACTING TOURISTS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE >> I COULD FEEL LIKE FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE >> I COULD FEEL LIKE MY ADRENALINE IS >> I COULD FEEL LIKE MY ADRENALINE IS FEELING THE IMPORTANCE MY ADRENALINE IS FEELING THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIETY

FEELING THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIETY >> Reporter: IN 2016, OF SOCIETY >> Reporter: IN 2016, STONEWALL BECAME A >> Reporter: IN 2016, STONEWALL BECAME A NATIONAL MONUMENT STONEWALL BECAME A NATIONAL MONUMENT WHERE PEOPLE GATHERED NATIONAL MONUMENT WHERE PEOPLE GATHERED TO CELEBRATE WHERE PEOPLE GATHERED TO CELEBRATE MILESTONES LIKE THE TO CELEBRATE MILESTONES LIKE THE LEGALIZATION OF GAY MILESTONES LIKE THE LEGALIZATION OF GAY MARRIAGE AND TO MOURN LEGALIZATION OF GAY MARRIAGE AND TO MOURN TRAGEDIES LIKE THE MARRIAGE AND TO MOURN TRAGEDIES LIKE THE PULSE NIGHT CLUB TRAGEDIES LIKE THE PULSE NIGHT CLUB SHOOTING PULSE NIGHT CLUB SHOOTING >> THIS IS A GUY SHOOTING

>> THIS IS A GUY CHURCH >> THIS IS A GUY CHURCH I MEAN, THIS IS WHERE CHURCH I MEAN, THIS IS WHERE PRIDE BEGAN I MEAN, THIS IS WHERE PRIDE BEGAN

>> YOU JUST SAY THAT PRIDE BEGAN >> YOU JUST SAY THAT ONE WORD, STONEWALL, >> YOU JUST SAY THAT ONE WORD, STONEWALL, AND IT HAS A LOT OF ONE WORD, STONEWALL, AND IT HAS A LOT OF MEANING TO PEOPLE AND IT HAS A LOT OF MEANING TO PEOPLE >> ABSOLUTELY MEANING TO PEOPLE

>> ABSOLUTELY IT’S BIGGER THAN A >> ABSOLUTELY IT’S BIGGER THAN A BAR, IT’S BIGGER THAN IT’S BIGGER THAN A BAR, IT’S BIGGER THAN A BRAND BAR, IT’S BIGGER THAN A BRAND IT’S BIGGER THAN A BRAND

IT’S BIGGER THAN ANYTHING ELSE BECAUSE IT’S BIGGER THAN ANYTHING ELSE BECAUSE IT’S THE MOVEMENT ANYTHING ELSE BECAUSE IT’S THE MOVEMENT >> Reporter: THIS IT’S THE MOVEMENT >> Reporter: THIS FRIDAY MARKS HALF A >> Reporter: THIS FRIDAY MARKS HALF A CENTURY SINCE THOSE FRIDAY MARKS HALF A CENTURY SINCE THOSE RIOTS BEGAN CENTURY SINCE THOSE RIOTS BEGAN

>> ON THE 50th RIOTS BEGAN >> ON THE 50th ANNIVERSARY, WHAT IS >> ON THE 50th ANNIVERSARY, WHAT IS IT YOU WANT PEOPLE TO ANNIVERSARY, WHAT IS IT YOU WANT PEOPLE TO REMEMBER? IT YOU WANT PEOPLE TO REMEMBER? >> THAT NOTHING OCCURS REMEMBER? >> THAT NOTHING OCCURS WITHOUT A SPARK >> THAT NOTHING OCCURS WITHOUT A SPARK >> Reporter: 50 YEARS WITHOUT A SPARK >> Reporter: 50 YEARS LATER, THE FIRE LIT BY

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