David Carter's The Stonewall: The Riots

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On June 28th, 1969, lives changed for the LGBT community all around America. Police raided a gay bar, the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York City on the grounds of their not operating with a liquor license. In 1966, members of the gay community were permitted to drink in bars; however, there were exceptions. They were not allowed to show any displays of affection with each other such as kissing, dancing, or holding hands. If they did participate in these acts they ran the risk of being charged with disorderly conduct. Therefore, the gay community did not exactly have the right to attend a bar. The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) had the authority to take away the liquor license of any establishment that allowed for disorderly…show more content…
They cared more about the accumulation of money than where the money was coming from. The Stonewall Inn became their most profitable bar. David Carter, author of the book Stonewall: The Riots that Sparked the Gay Revolution quoted a man who said, "Homosexuals knew the Mafia would find some way to supply us with a place to meet and socialize.” He also said that “The sad philosophy of the gay world was that ‘Our only hope lies in corruption.” Most members of the LGBT community may not have wanted to rely on the mafia for their happiness, but they would not find the salvation they sought after with the…show more content…
Obergefell. The law won by a slim margin, with 5 people for the change, and with 4 against it. The case nullified previous state laws that did not permit same-sex marriage. The court case occurred forty-six years after the Stonewall Riots. Hopefully, members who were involved in the riots were alive to see the movement take place, and that they were able to see everything they were able to accomplish for their country. While the gay movement did not begin with the Stonewall Riots, the protestors served as the catalyst to push the LGBT community into action. Therefore, any movements towards change for the homosexual community can be brought back to Stonewall, which is why former President Barack Obama bade the Stonewall Inn a national
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