A photograph from the New York Daily News depicting the riots. This time, the patrons resisted, sparking the gay liberation movement and leading to the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States. And while the s were a time of progress in the country, it was also a scary time to be a member of the LGBTQ community. Not only was non-heterosexual activity illegal in every state, but it was considered a mental illness. Not only that, Anderson said, but people who were suspected of being gay would often lose their jobs and be dishonorably discharged from the military.
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The Stonewall uprising took place in the context of broader civil rights movements. The Revolutionary People's Constitutional Convention in was a key moment in which activists from Black Power, feminist and gay liberation movements came together, saw common cause and learned from each other. The Gay Liberation Front was the main organisation that formed out of the uprising and these wider movements. In the UK, sexual acts between men had been partially decriminalised in , but there was a huge amount of persecution of gay and bi men afterwards. Campaigning at the time was mainly led by the Homosexual Law Reform Society. The s were characterised by radical grassroots and community-based activism and support.
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A Timeline of the Uprising. Soon, the crowd began throwing bottles at the police. The Stonewall Riots were followed by several days of demonstrations in New York and was the impetus for the formation of the Gay Liberation Front as well as other gay, lesbian and bisexual civil rights organizations. The next year, in , New York's first official gay pride parade set off from Stonewall and marched up 6th Avenue.