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Credit: Courtesy of The New York Times/Redux Pictures
Credit: Courtesy of The New York Times/Redux Pictures

Stonewall Uprising

Stonewall Uprising explores the dramatic event that launched a worldwide rights movement. Told by those who took part, from drag queens and street hustlers to police detectives, journalists and a former mayor of New York, and featuring a rich trove of archival footage, this film revisits a time when homosexual acts were illegal throughout America, and homosexuality itself was seen as a form of mental illness. Hunted and often entrapped by undercover police in their hometowns, gays from around the U.S. began fleeing to New York in search of a sanctuary.

Hounded there still by an aggressive police force, they found refuge in a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn. When police raided Stonewall on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before: they fought back. As the streets of New York erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations, the collective anger announced that the gay rights movement had arrived.

Rating: 
TV14
Length: 
1 hour 26 minutes
Closed Caption: 
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Civil Rights
American History
Homosexuality
New York City

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