Program Synopsis In the mid-1960s, New York created police vice squads to raid gay bars and baths. Hounded by an aggressive police force, a semblance of normalcy could be found in a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village called the Stonewall Inn. When police raided Stonewall on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they hadn't done before: they fought back
EXPLORE THE EVENT THAT LAUNCHED THE GAY RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN "STONEWALL UPRISING"
American Experience: Stonewall Uprising
Available on DVD April 26 from PBS Distribution
Arlington, Va. – March 25, 2011 – PBS Distribution's April 26th DVD release of American Experience: Stonewall Uprising examines the Stonewall riots in New York City that marked the beginning of the Gay Rights movement in the United States. "STONEWALL UPRISING" presents first-hand testimonies of this pivotal event while revisiting a time when homosexual acts were illegal and homosexual behavior was considered to be a mental illness by many psychologists. In this 90-minute film, eyewitness accounts and rare archival material bring this event to life.
This documentary will be available on DVD for a suggested retail price of $24.99.
Program Synopsis In the mid-1960s, New York created police vice squads to raid gay bars and baths. Hounded by an aggressive police force, a semblance of normalcy could be found in a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village called the Stonewall Inn. When police raided Stonewall on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they hadn't done before: they fought back.
Previous raids of the Stonewall were resolved peacefully, but the raid on June 28th was different as patrons resisted arrest and the police quickly lost control of the situation. For the first time ever, patrons refuse to be led into paddy wagons, setting off a violent uprising that launched the gay rights movement.
Told through interviews with Stonewall patrons, reporters and the policeman who led the raid, Stonewall Uprising recalls the fervently hostile climate that gays were forced to live in, when public service announcements warned youngsters against predatory homosexuals, respected news outlets reported on the "homosexual problem," and police entrapment was rampant. Being arrested could cost one their livelihood since licenses to teach, practice law or medicine or even cosmetology, were frequently denied or revoked.
But 1969's so-called "Summer of Love" would be a time of radical change across America including within the gay community. Once the dust settled from the Stonewall riots, the world realized a movement had been born. Exactly one year later, America saw its first Gay Pride Parade as thousands marched up Sixth Avenue. Says a man who was part of that historic day, "It's very American to say 'this is not right.' It's very American to say, 'you promised equality, you promised freedom.' And, in a sense, the Stonewall riots said, 'deliver on the promise.' So, in every Gay Pride Parade every year, Stonewall lives."
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American Experience: Stonewall Uprising Street Date: April 26, 2011 Genre: Documentary Run Time: 90 Minutes SRP: $24.99 Format: DVD
Posted by: News Editor - March 26, 2011, 10:01 am - PR