LBGT Pride parade

ANSWER LA partipated in the Christopher Street West parade in West Hollywood yesterday, making a political statement in a festival that has perhaps lost track of its political roots. Our chant of “He’s racist, sexist, anti-gay/George Bush go away” got big cheers and applause along the way. One middle-aged man looked at me (I was driving the truck) and said, “Thank you, someone had to say it.”

Christopher Street in Greenwich Village is where the Stonewall rebellion happened in 1969. After years of harrassment by police, patrons of a gay bar, the Stonewall Inn, fought back, and those three nights of pitched street battles marked the birth of the modern LGBT movement. 

The 1969 Stonewall rebellion and lessons for today