“The Stonewall riots are arguably the most transformative event in LGBT history.”
Marc Stein, Stonewall historian at San Francisco State University
This June marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprisings, which began with a police raid of the Stonewall Inn and ended with several days of riots that mobilized the modern LGBTQ rights movement. In the decades after that act of mass resistance, the rights and visibility of the LGBTQ community would undergo significant shifts.
Now, with a return of anti-LGBTQ military policies, the expansion of anti-HIV medications and digital dating apps, a rise in out athletes and entertainment figures and an increased commodification of LGBTQ culture, the community is facing a new landscape 50 years after the famous Greenwich Village uprisings.
Through a series of reported stories, “After Stonewall” offers a glimpse into how the LGBTQ community has developed and transformed within America’s various cultural, social, physical and political spaces.