50 years After Stonewall: Looking Back on How it has impacted Portland’s LGBTQ Community
Presentations by Darcelle, Holly Hart, Kathleen Saadat & Susie Shephard, early PDX LGBTQ activists Jeff Stookey, PDX gay community historian.
Join us for presentations about the 1969 NYC incident and learn how it affected life for Portland’s Queer community, followed by audience Q&A.
In the early hours of June 28, 1969, New York City police officers raided the Stonewall Inn at 53 Christopher Street, the city’s most thriving gay club. They swept through the bar, checking I.D.s and slapping handcuffs on anyone wearing clothing that wasn’t “appropriate to one’s gender.” Though eyewitness testimony varies on what specifically turned the rowdy scene volatile, eventually bar patrons and onlookers in the streets began throwing everything from coins to bricks at the police, who then retreated into the bar, calling in the riot squad.
That was the beginning of the Stonewall Riots.