American Experience

Stonewall Uprising

In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. That night the street erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations that lasted for the next three days. The Stonewall riots marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.

Stonewall Uprising

1h 20m

In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. That night the street erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations that lasted for the next three days. The Stonewall riots marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.

Previews + Extras

  • Boys Beware: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Boys Beware

    S23 E9 - 10m 12s

    This 1955 educational film warns against "the dangers of homosexuality," which is described as "a sickness of the mind." The ten minute video was produced by the Unified School District and the Police Department of Inglewood, California.

  • "Curing" Homosexuality: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    "Curing" Homosexuality

    S23 E9 - 2m 11s

    Dangerous "treatments" for eliminating homosexual urges were common in 1950s and 60s.

  • The Fear of Being Gay: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Fear of Being Gay

    S23 E9 - 44s

    A veteran remembers what it was like to discover he was gay. Homosexuality meant a dishonorable discharge and no one would hire you afterwards.

  • The Dangers of Drag: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Dangers of Drag

    S23 E9 - 1m 23s

    In 1960s New York, gay men who dressed in women's clothing courted danger; "masquerading" was breaking the law.

  • What Was the Mattachine Society? : asset-mezzanine-16x9

    What Was the Mattachine Society?

    S23 E9 - 1m 20s

    Richard Inman was president of the Mattachine society, one of the earliest gay rights groups. His goal was to legalize homosexuality between consenting adults.

  • Stonewall: An Uprising, Not a Riot: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Stonewall: An Uprising, Not a Riot

    S23 E9 - 1m 16s

    In June, 1969, a typical NYPD raid of the Stonewall, a gay bar in New York City, had an unexpected result—gay patrons fought back. Here are some reflections on the Stonewall riots.

  • The First Gay Pride March: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The First Gay Pride March

    S23 E9 - 2m

    Organizers of the first gay pride march had low expectations. Here, they remember the march, held in New York City, one year after the Stonewall riots, in June 1969.

  • The Legacy of the Stonewall Riots: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Legacy of the Stonewall Riots

    S23 E9 - 1m 29s

    The Stonewall riots inspired gay Americans to fight for their rights. It was another great step forward in the story of human rights.

  • Stonewall Uprising Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Stonewall Uprising Preview

    S23 E9 - 30s

    On June 28, 1969, New York City police raided a Greenwich Village Mafia-run gay bar, the Stonewall Inn. For the first time, patrons stood up against the authorities, setting off a three-day riot that launched the modern American Gay Rights Movement.

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