Stonewall Uprising, the 90-minute PBS documentaryproduced and directed by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner depicts the moment in history when the LGBT revolution made its mark on the world. Based on David Carter’s critically acclaimed book Stonewall: The Riots that Sparked the Gay Revolution, the riveting telling of the story from different points of view – the police, the mafia, the bar patrons, the media, even the angry fighting stone-throwing youth — casts a long shadow on how Civil Rights movements are often launched — explosively. To commemorate the riots, the film screened on May 30th at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Christopher St. A panel discussion with Martin Boyce, Danny Garvin, and Suzanne Poli followed the screening.
When the Stonewall Riots, which took place over five nights and six days, broke out in 1969, the LGBT Civil Rights movement exploded onto the American consciousness. To commemorate the great victory of the Gay and Lesbian struggle, there was a decision to march every year the last Sunday in June, a statement of “never to forget”. In 1984, Heritage of Pride was formed to organize and streamline the annual march for the next 30 years. Today 2 million people witness and participate in the world’s greatest and most influential LGBT event.