Fifty years ago today, the New York Police Department raided a gay bar in Greenwich Village called the Stonewall Inn, and what followed would change queer activism in America for generations afterward. The Stonewall riots were part of a generational shift in queer activism that saw respectability-based ideology like that of the Homophile movement give way to more radical ideologies that explicitly argued for societal change and acceptance. These new movements linked advocacy around queer issues in the U.S. to issues of racial and economic inequality and an end to the war in Vietnam. We talk with Andy Thayer, co-founder of the Gay Liberation Network, one of the largest LGBTQ direct-action groups in Chicago, about what has changed in American queer politics since the Stonewall Riots and what parallels exist between the political and social climates of the 1970s and today.
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