During the month of June, Gay Pride celebrations occur all across the country. Origins of the celebrations are courtesy of the Stonewall Riots; events that took place in the early morning hours of June 28th 1969 at the Stonewall Bar in New York City. While gay and lesbian patrons had been the subject of harassment from the local police, the Stonewall Riots on that morning would forever change the landscape of the gay rights movement in the United States. No longer were gay and lesbian individuals going to hide in the shadows; and closet doors were opened at last!
Still, behind the events of that day were a number of little known facts that spurred the movement even more. For example, did you know that many of the gay bars in NYC, the Stonewall included, had ties to organized crime? How about how the mafia trained the staff of these bars to extort large sums of money from some of their wealthier patrons in order to keep their secret hidden in the closet?
Follow this link, and learn more fact about the rise of the gay rights movement that you may not have been aware of. As always we welcome your comments.