Today marks 40 years the famous Stonewall riots. Many attribute this rebellion as the birth of the LGBT Civil Rights struggle. There are many different stories about that night so we will never know all the details. What we do know is that the gays and lesbians and drag queens and transexuals in attendance that evening were tired of being bullied. Police raids were common place on most gay bars and those in attendance usually just submissively went along with the abuse. Things were different on the night of June 28, 1969. The men and women at Stonewall made a statement that they were not going to take this treatment anymore.
My mama used to have a saying, "when yout get sick and tired of being sick and tired, you'll do something." On that night in the Village, the LGBT community grew sick and tired of being sick and tired and they stood up for their rights. Here we are 40 years later and the progress we've made as a community is phenomenal. Yes, there are still obstacles we must overcome. And we've come too far to turn around now. But today I want to give thanks for those that were apart of Stonewall. Our community is in debt to you.