The Stonewall riots (also referred to as the Stonewall uprising or the Stonewall
rebellion) were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the
gay (LGBT) community against a police raid that took place in the early morning
hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village
neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.
They are widely considered to constitute the most important event leading to the
gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States.
Gay Americans in the 1950s and 1960s faced an anti-gay legal system. Early homophile groups
in the U.S. sought to prove that gay people could be assimilated into society, and they favored
non-confrontational education for homosexuals and heterosexuals alike. The last years of the
1960s, however, were very contentious, as many social/political movements were active,
including the Civil Rights Movement, the counterculture of the 1960s, and the anti-Vietnam War
movement. These influences, along with the liberal environment of Greenwich Village, served
as catalysts for the Stonewall riots.
Very few establishments welcomed openly gay people in the 1950s and 1960s. Those that did
were often bars, although bar owners and managers were rarely gay. At the time, the Stonewall
Inn was owned by the Mafia. It catered to an assortment of patrons and was known to be
popular among the poorest and most marginalized people in the gay community: drag queens,
transgender people, effeminate young men, butch lesbians, male prostitutes, and homeless
youth. Police raids
on gay bars were routine in the 1960s, but officers quickly lost control of the situation at the
Stonewall Inn. They attracted a crowd that was incited to riot. Tensions between New York City
police and gay residents of Greenwich Village erupted into more protests the next evening, and
again several nights later. Within weeks, Village residents quickly organized into activist groups
to concentrate efforts on establishing places for gays and lesbians to be open about their
sexual orientation without fear of being arrested.
After the Stonewall riots, gays and lesbians in New York City faced gender, race, class, and
generational obstacles to becoming a cohesive community. 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. Within a few years, gay
rights organizations were founded across the U.S. and the world. On June 28, 1970, the first gay
pride marches took place in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago
commemorating the anniversary of the riots. Similar marches were organized in other cities.
Today, Gay Pride events are held annually throughout the world toward the end of June to mark
the Stonewall riots. The Stonewall National Monument was established at the site in 2016.
RUBY JADE CORADO
Ruby was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. She fled a civil war when she was 16 years old. Now 43
years old, she has lived in Washington, D.C. for the past 27 years where She has devoted the last 20
years as an advocate for the inclusion of Transgender, Gender Queer and Gender Non Conforming
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual people in main stream society.
She is a self made tireless advocate and leader for social justice, her hard work has help gain legal
protections in Washington, DC. She has fought for LGBT Human Rights, Transgender Liberation,
Immigration Equality, Access to Health Care, Hate Crimes/violence and many other disparities and
issues facing the communities that she represents.
Ruby's work has been featured by News Week Magazine 2003, Washington Post, 2003-2014, The
Washington Blade, 2003-2014, Metro Weekly Magazine 2007-2014, Washington City Paper 2010/13,
Washington Times, 2012, The advocate Magazine 2012, NBC Latino, 2013 and by News Channel 4, 5,
7, 9, Univision DC, CBS Radio, Pacifica Radio, National Public Radio among other media channels.
She has been awarded The Capital Pride Heroes in 2005, Metro Weekly, Trans America 2006, Latino
LGBT History Project Heroes Exhibit 2007, 25 Most Influential Latino LGBT actvists By Latino Voice
2009, Stein Democrats. Heil-Balin Community Service Award 2011, Capital Pride Engendered Spirit
Awards, 2011, Gay And Lesbians Activists Alliance GLLA, Distinguish Service Award 2012, The Activist
Of The Year By the African American Prism Awards 2012, Ten LGBTQ Latin@s That Make us Proud By
XQSi Magazine 2012, The DC Center Community Center Service Award 2013, Gays And Lesbians
Opposing Violence, Community Service Award 2013.
Ruby is a bilingual inspirational speaker & nationally recognized sensitivity trainer focusing on social
justice issues facing Transgender, Gender Queer, Gender Non Conforming People.
UNITY COALITION|COALICION UNIDA is the First & Only organization for the So. Fla. Latinx|Hispanic|LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Community - advancing
Equality and Fairness through Education, Leadership & Awareness since 2002.
UNITY COALITION|COALICION UNIDA es la Primera y Unica organización en el sur de la Florida para la comunidad latinx|hispanx LGBT (lesbianas, gay,bisexual, transgénero)-
avanzando Igualdad, Liderazgo y Conciencia desde el 2002.
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