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everything was quiet once again. That night, police arrested 13 individuals, most notably Dave Van Ronk, a well-known folk singer who join in the protest and was charged with felonious assault on a police officer, according to a New York Post article the next day (New York Post, 1969). A police report written by Gilbert Weisman stated that Van Ronk was arrested for “throwing unknown object which struck officer in right eye causing injury to same” (New York Police Department, 1969). The raid on the Inn and subsequent protest outside would become the starting point for the preceding events that took place in the days afterwards. The following day, protests broke out again as angered people gathered in the Sheridan Square area of Greenwich Village. Police were denounced by protesters for allegedly harassing homosexuals. Stones and bottles were thrown at Police lines, forcing officers to break ranks and charge into the crowd (New York Times, 1969). Police again were able to calm the crowd and retreated by 4 AM. On July 2 nd , for a third time, a crowd of over 500 gathered once again, chanting and protesting the events that took place at the Inn. There were four arrests on charges of harassment stemming from the events that evening. (New York Times, 1969). The backlash against the police and the events that took place during the Stonewall Riots screamed out to the world that gay people had enough and it was time for liberation. Prior to Stonewall, smaller events had taken place regarding the rights of homosexuals. Homosexuals had long been disregarded because of the fear of communism within the United
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STARTING AT STONEWALL: THE GAY RIGHTS MOVEMENT 4 States. The federal government linked communism to homosexuality, so there was a great deal of hatred against homosexuals. In 1953, amid fears of communism the Mattachine Society was formed, focusing on public outreach to protect the rights of homosexuals. Local chapters of the organization began appearing at the local level and were hosting group discussions and public lectures, among other things (Hall, 2010). The national organization disbanded in 1961, although local chapters remained in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, functioning as autonomous units (Hall, 2010). The events that took place during the Stonewall Riots would live on to set the tone for gay rights movements across the country. According to Dr. Simon Hall, senior lecturer of American History at the University of Leeds in the UK, “Stonewall has become a defining event in gay history, a “year zero” that in public consciousness and historical memory marks the birth of the gay liberation movement” (Hall, 2010).
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