By Yasin Alkan
The resistance that started against the harsh intervention of the police in a bar called
Stonewall on 28th June 1969 is first resistence against system. Police, who frequently intervened in
bars with LGBT members in the 1960s, increased the violence to the highest level in June 1969. The
resistance lasted 4 days and it was one of the events that led the LGBT movements to spread
throughout the USA. While the uprising and revolts against the system were continuing, in the
following weeks, homosexuals who were worried about arrest formed action groups and demanded
from government to open new places for them. Unless their demands were met, the activists, who
continued to struggle systematically, continued to seek their rights by establishing newspapers and
associations. The following year, the movement expanded and continued in Boston, Dallas,
Milwaukee, and actions spread across the country’s borders and spread across the European
continent. On 28 June 1970 the first “March of Honor” was held for the anniversary of these events.
LGBT activist Brenda Howard, nicknamed “Mother of Pride” decided to spread celebrations
throughout a month because of Stonewall. The accumulation of Brenda’s Stonewall events has led
June to be celebrated as the LGBT month all over the world today.
The movie Stonewall, directed by Roland Emmerich and released in 2015, describes this
resistance and the beginning of the resistance.
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