Saturday, June 26, 2010

Pride: Stonewall Uprising; RuPaul's Drag Race Goes NO H8

June 28 is the official anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that sparked the gay rights movement, and a new documentary, Stonewall Uprising, is showing in cities nationwide:

"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."

Also in the spirit of Pride Month, if you're a fan of RuPaul's Drag Race (and if you're not, get your keister over to Logo and watch seasons one and two in their entirety), check out some of the past queens in Adam Bouska's NO H8 photo campaign.

Related Links:
Political InQueery: The Voting Closet (Bitch Blogs)
Movie Review: Stonewall Uprising: Revisiting the Birth of the Gay Rights Movement (NYT Arts)
Constance McMillen: Prom victim to Pride hero (Broadsheet)

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