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June 28 @ 7:30 pm
A free community screening of “Stonewall Uprising” to honour the 50th anniversary of the event that kickstarted gay activism.
Film celebrates the 50th anniversary of gay rights milestone
“It was the Rosa Parks moment,” says one man. June 28, 1969:
NYC police raid a Greenwich Village Mafia-run gay bar, The Stonewall Inn. For the first time, patrons refuse to be led into paddy wagons, setting off a 3-day riot that sparks the Gay Rights Movement.
Told by Stonewall patrons, Village Voice reporters and the cop who led the raid, “Stonewall Uprising” compellingly recalls the bad old days when psychoanalysts equated homosexuality with mental illness; public service announcements warned youngsters against predatory homosexuals; and police entrapment was rampant.
A treasure-trove of archival footage gives life to this all-too-recent reality, and the courageous rebellion that helped build gay pride and eventual advances in protecting human rights.
This celebratory screening is presented free to the public by the Rhizome Up! Media Society, with the support of the Sunshine Coast Credit Union. More about the film and the trailer are available at queerprojections.ca Other Sunshine Coast Pride Celebration events and information available at sunshinecoastpride.com
Queer Projections aims to bring queer films to the Sunshine Coast in order to promote LGBTQ visibility and encourage communication and connections across our varied communities. Through our film events we hope to foster understanding, equality, diversity and counteract the effects of homophobia and discrimination.