Sociology Index

STONEWALL RIOT

Books On Stonewall Riot, Sociology of Sexualities, Queer Culture, Homophobia

A policy of harassment of homosexuals resulted in Stonewal riots at the Stonewall Inn in June 1969. A spontaneous show of resistance emerged when the homosexual clientele were being taken to the police wagon, and the police were forced to retreat and called for reinforcements.

This resistance at the Stonewall Inn has been given symbolic value and is seen as the birth of the modern gay rights movement, the emergence of the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activist Alliance.

The 1969 Stonewall riot in New York City is widely celebrated as the beginning of the modern gay rights movement. Examines three traditional organizational theories on social movements.

Social workers need to understand how to gain access to and support indigenous social structures to assist oppressed groups to bring about social change. - Sociopolitical antecedents to Stonewall: analysis of the origins of the gay rights movement in the United States. Poindexter CC. School of Social Work, Boston University.

Movements and Memory: The Making of the Stonewall Myth 
Armstrong, Elizabeth A.; Crage, Suzanna M.
Abstract: This article examines why the Stonewall riots became central to gay collective memory while other events did not. It does so through a comparative-historical analysis of Stonewall and four events similar to it that occurred in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York in the 1960s. The Stonewall riots were remembered because they were the first to meet two conditions: activists considered the event commemorable and had the mnemonic capacity to create a commemorative vehicle. Gay community members found Stonewall commemorable and the proposed parade an appealing form for commemoration. The Stonewall story is thus an achievement of gay liberation rather than an account of its origins.

BIAS CRIME: AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND LEGAL RESPONSES 
R J Kelly, University of Illinois at Chicago
Abstract: This new edition outlines the historic contexts of bias crime against gays and Jews in the Stonewall Riot and the Holocaust, respectively. The legal resolutions are discussed for both of these cases.