Celebrating Gay Pride

06/27/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday

Forty two years ago eight cops stomped into the Stonewall Inn, a bar in Manhattan's Greenwich Village district on one of their routine, homophobic raids. But this time was different, gay patrons not only fought back, but they were joined by thousands of others. And thus was launched the beginning of the gay civil rights movement in the US.

This week we pre-empted Counterspin to air a compelling documentary from the Pacifica Radio archives titled "Remembering Stonewall: A Radio Documentary on the Birth of a Movement" which chronicles the riots from an eyewitness perspective from some of the people who experienced the brutality of those times first hand.

In honor of Gay Pride month we were pleased to have Carrie West, President of the GaYbor District Coalition in studio with us on Last Call. He previewed events taking place throughout the Bay area over the next couple of weeks including the St. Pete Pride parade which last year drew over 80,000 people and GaYbor Days which runs from June 30th through July 4th.

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