Today is the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. If any moment in the history of the struggle for gay equality in this country can be called pivotal it was this one.
I started to write something about the history and meaning of Stonewall but I realized I was re-inventing the wheel… and doing a second-rate job of it. Stephen, over at Post Apocalyptic Bohemian did a wonderful post on the subject yesterday. He says it better than I could, as he so often does on his wonderful blog. Please check it out.
I’ve touched on Stonewall in a couple of recent posts on Harper’s Valley. In Throw Back Thursday – 1994 I wrote about attending the 25th Anniversary parade.
In Stormé DeLarverie – Rest In Peace I wrote about the passing of one of the pioneers present that night.
What excites me most about the anniversary this year is the number of same-sex couples choosing to make this particular Saturday in June their wedding day. In many ways the path that led to those men and women being able to walk down the aisle together began 45 years ago outside a bar in Greenwich Village. Congratulations to all of them….. and to us all.