Forty years ago, on June 28, a police raid on an unexceptional gay bar, the Stonewall Inn in New York City, sparked nights of rioting and demonstrations. Veteran activist and SocialistWorker. Here, we publish an excerpt from the book that describes the events at Stonewall.
No other period in human history has been so strongly linked to the quest for human rights as the 20th century. It will stand out as the century of human rights as well as the century of the most abject denials of these rights and freedoms. At the end of this century it is therefore necessary and legitimate to draw the lessons of one hundred years of human progress, and of human failure, in one of the most noble objectives of political endeavour: to provide to the men, women and children of this planet an equal degree of human rights and freedoms as expressed in so many instruments and declarations and found wanting in so many dramatic and tragic failures and shortcomings.
The modern gay liberation movement was born out of two nights of rioting in June after a police raid on the Stonewall Inn gay bar in New York. The rioters, once dismissed as "sick" or "perverted" by many, took inspiration from the anti-war and black power movements. Chanting "Gay power", they started a mass movement that changed the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT people forever.
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We look forward to reading this important book, but we would like to draw attention to a significant translation problem. Friedrich Engels never wrote those words. However, the most widely circulated English version was published in in a translation by Alick West and Dona Torr, prominent members of the British Communist Party.
The relative freedoms and social acceptance that millions of particularly urban American LGBT people experience today would have seemed as surreal to that earlier generation as the prospect of electing an African-American president. On the heels of the U. And since employment records were shared with private industry, exposure or suspicion of homosexuality could render a person unemployable and destitute.