The night of the Stonewall Riot was a cry out, a scream out, an emotional release to end the invisibility and discrimination against those who felt invisible to the rest of the world because of their sexual identification, gender identification and for not “fitting in” with the rest of society.
At the time of the riots, homosexuality was characterized as a mental disorder and you could be arrested just for saying the words, “I’m gay.” Transgender individuals were especially persecuted and were arrested for not wearing at least three articles of gender-appropriate clothing and socks didn’t count.
There were routine police stops, regular attempts at entrapment and raids of establishments frequented by gays which all contributed to an atmosphere in which being gay meant feeling hunted.
I can’t imagine a world where I can’t openly identify as “lesbian.” As I sit here typing this message my fiancée @breepear is wearing a shirt that reads “Gayer than Gay.” I can’t imagine the bravery it took to say out loud “I’m gay, I’m transgender and I’m still a human and deserve to be seen, heard, loved and to feel safe being who I am.” Thank you to those at the Stonewall Inn that night and to those who have fought for all of us. Because of that courage to be heard I am now able to stand here today, in front of the Stonewall Inn and can now say we are:
🏳️🌈 Ending in visibility 🏳️🌈