The Appreciating Diversity Film Series proudly presents Stonewall Uprising.
President Obama has come out in favor of gay marriage, and Federal Courts have ruled California's ban on same sex marriage violates the Constitution.
Seems hard to believe that in 1969 people in New York City were being arrested, convicted and losing their jobs, for being gay. "It was the Rosa Parks moment," says one man. June 28, 1969: NYC police raid a Greenwich Village Mafia-run gay bar, the Stonewall Inn. For the first time, patrons refuse to be led into paddy wagons, setting off a 3-day riot that launched the Gay Rights Movement.
"Told by Stonewall patrons, reporters and the cop who led the raid, Stonewall Uprising recalls the bad old days when psychoanalysts equated homosexuality with mental illness and advised aversion therapy, and even lobotomies; public service announcements warned youngsters against predatory homosexuals; and police entrapment was rampant. At the height of this oppression, the cops raid Stonewall, triggering nights of pandemonium with tear gas, billy clubs and a small army of tactical police. The rest is history." - Karen Cooper, Director, Film Forum
"The most thorough exploration...of what came to be known as gay pride." Stephen Holden, The New York Times
When: Thursday, June 21st, 2012.
6:30 PM Doors Open for free reception with light refreshments
7:00 PM Screening
8:20 PM Discussion facilitated by Appreciating Diversity Film Series
Where: Ellen Driscoll Theater, 325 Highland Ave, Piedmont, CA 94611
The Appreciating Diversity Film Series is sponsored by the Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee, the Piedmont League of Women Voters, and DiversityWorks.
For more information contact maude [at] diversityfilmseries.org or call (510) 655 5552.
Added to the calendar on Tuesday May 29th, 2012 10:53 PM