Contemporary nomenclature classified them as transvestites, and they were the most visible representatives of sexual minorities. Bytwo major federal rulings advanced equal opportunity employment for transgender people. We generally consider the s in the United States as an era of peace and love. Watts Riots The Watts Riots, also known as the Watts Rebellion, was a large series of riots that broke out August 11,in the predominantly black neighborhood of Watts in Los Angeles. Author Michael Bronski highlights the "attack on pre-Stonewall culture", particularly gay pulp fiction for men, where the themes often reflected self-hatred or ambivalence about being gay.
It was the third such raid on Greenwich Village gay bars in a short period.
Reading Up on LGBT History: The Stonewall Riots
On this day infuture President Harry S. Another explosive street battle took place, with injuries to demonstrators and police alike, looting in local shops, and arrests of five people. In the solicitation of homosexual relations was an illegal act in New York City and indeed virtually all other urban centres. Garbage cans, garbage, bottles, rocks, and bricks were hurled at the building, breaking the windows. Within six months, two gay activist organizations were formed in New York, concentrating on confrontational tactics, and three newspapers were established to promote rights for gays and lesbians. After being served in several bars despite announcing their homosexuality, the group was finally refused service at Juliusa gay bar that had been raided previously. Four gay men and lesbians picketed a lecture by a psychoanalyst espousing the model of homosexuality as a mental illness.
Many people sat on stoops or gathered nearby in Christopher Park throughout the morning, dazed in disbelief at what had transpired. My second biggest fear was that my picture would be in a newspaper or on a television report in my mother's dress! None of the bars frequented by gays and lesbians were owned by gay people. Just as the line got into a full kick routine, the TPF advanced again and cleared the crowd of screaming gay power[-]ites down Christopher to Seventh Avenue. But the protests, sometimes involving thousands of people, continued in the area for five more days, flaring up at one point after the Village Voice published its account of the riots. Demonstrators felt, with this event, that picketing the White House had lost its effectiveness as a tactic. The restaurant and the surrounding neighborhood sustained heavy damage.