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Remembering Stonewall

It started with a place called the Stonewall Inn.

Gay bars had been raided by police for decades. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people had been routinely arrested and subjected to harassment and beatings by the people who were meant to protect them.

But one night, in this place called the Stonewall Inn, when the police stormed in to continue their abuse, the clientele fought back.

Remembering Stonewall,” produced by Dave Isay of Sound Portraits and StoryCorps, was was first broadcast in 1989, on the 20th anniversary of the uprising. It was the first documentary, in any medium, to explore what happened that night, and it weaves together the perspectives of survivors, historians, and people who were deeply affected by the events that night.

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