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TODAY marks the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. In the morning hours of June 28th, 1969, the police raided the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. This had happened many times before, but this time, the Stonewall patrons refused to be mistreated and fought back. The riots lasted for six nights, and marked the beginning of the gay rights movement, including the formation of the Gay Liberation Front. This rebellion could not have pulled off without revolutionary trans activists like Marsha P. Johnson or other LGBTQ people of color like Storme DeLarverie. Let us not forget the contributions of these brave activists and fight for more equality in the future. 

After spending the last two weeks researching my sophomore piece for Relapse’s Rebellion Issue, I scrapped it. I felt each new step I tried to take, the ground beneath my feet gave way. In spite of the decision to dismiss the initial idea leaving a dooming, ominous feeling in the pit of my stomach,  my second pitch is exponentially stronger. 

I’ve said I’ve been excited to share previous writing, but this next one is a strong reminder of why I choose to do this with my life.

Stonewall Uprising (2010): a documentary

On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in New York City, that night the street erupted into violent protests and demonstrations that lasted for six days. The Stonewall riots marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.

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YALL EDUCATE YOURSELVES ON THIS

THIS IS THE STONEWALL RIOTS

THEY DONT TEACH YOU IT IN SCHOOL SO IMA TEACH YOU

in 1969 there was a bar in new york called the stonewall inn. its where gays used to meet up to, you know, be themselves. the police came to arrest them. they didn’t let them. that was the first time they started to fight back. 

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF NOT ONLY GAY HISTORY BUT AMERICAN HISTORY. 

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My favorite lit journal, Gigantic Sequins, is throwing a storyslam contest / reading and fundraiser at The Stonewall Inn in New York City next Sunday, hosted by my bestgoodfriends, Ian and Kim.  And it’s going to be so so good.  The evite, with all of the information, is here, and it’s very exciting.

First of all, tumblr, you’ll be thrilled to know that one of the judges is our very own Dan Wilbur, of Better Book Titles fame.  He has a book–How Not to Read: Harnessing the Power of a Literature-Free Life. It is a funny book.  I’m really freakin’ excited to meet/be judged by him. 

Lauren Grodstein will also be judging.  She’s an outstanding author, whose books I’ve read and loved.  A Friend of the Family is her most recent, and it’s aboslutely incredible, but you don’t need me to tell you that.  A Friend of the Family was a Washington Post Book of the Year, a New York Times Editor’s Pick, an Amazon.com Best Book of the Month…the list goes on and on.  She’s also smart and funny and looks just like Kim, from Matt & Kim.

I’m not sure who the third judge is going to be, but I’m sure it will be someone awesome as well.  
 
Anyone who wants to enter can email Gigantic Sequins at giganticsequins[AT]gmail[DOT]com.  There’s a $100 prize for first place, as well as prizes from The Museum of Sex for all finalists.

$5 for audience members.  $10 entry fee for readers.  Plus, “There will also be an entertaining Shakespeare reading during intermission, lead by the fabulous Ariel Sinclair! It will be worth the entry fee alone!"  I’ve never seen Ariel perform, but I believe she’ll be hilarious.

Anyway.  I basically just stole all of that information from here.  Go check it out.  Enter.  Come to the thing.  It runs from 4 until 7:30 on November 4th, and it’s going to be so so so fun.

OH.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit an LGBTQ charity.  SO.  YAY!

The Stonewall Inn - Queer Rising's "RIOT!" Party

Not a review of the bar (yet), but it’s just funny how it’s not possible to go there and run into people you know.

Seriously.

I attended a fundraiser event there last night for Queer Rising, a non profit group that voices equality for the LGBTQ community. A friend of mine, we can call her “Galinda,” is part of the organization and told me about it. I actually met Galinda at that brunch I wrote about a while back. But anyway, I must say, it was a great time. A and I attended with some other friends… PUMPS even met us out. Do you guys remember Pumps? I met her for the first time last night! Anywhoo, ran into some people from high school, Pusse Couture (who is an old and dear friend of mine), and one of my straight male best buds who is coincidentally dating JoJo. Womp womp.

So there was a GREAT drag show last night. Galinda and I GEEKED out when one of them performed “Don’t Rain On My Parade” - the Glee/Lea Michele version. Oh my. So amazing. Then I was apparently very adamant about hooking Galinda up with this beautiful girl (who turned out to be straight, but we all know what my outlook on straight girls are…). I mean, Galinda got her digits, so that’s a good sign, right? ;)

It was a rather interesting night, but all-in-all, it was great and I had a blast. Everyone, please make sure to check out Queer Rising so you can help the movement. :)

xoxo L