Stonewall Uprising Notes
Stonewall Uprising Notes Soci 1080-03
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Stonewall Uprising Notes 27 October 1960 s were dark ages for homosexuals was knows as mental illness or psychopathy They were regarded as promiscuous and unhappy No man is born homosexual it begins to form in the rst 3 years of life Psychologists tried to talk them into being heterosexual use electric shock and aversion therapy Found to be sexual psychopaths and were sentenced to institutions lobotomies castration and sterilization Medical experimentation drug that simulated the experience of drowning Turned homosexuals into vegetables Homosexual terms used as putdowns Could get discharged dishonorable from military for being gay homosexuality no less dangerous and contagious than smallpox 0 invisible mental illness 0 it may be too late when you realize he is sick 0 painted as older creepy men who target young boys 0 oversexualized Would drive to go see fags in Time Square for entertainment They would hang out in the back of movie theatres Schools given assemblies about how homosexuality is scary and wrong treated like a severe crime 0 The rest of your life will be a living hell Gay rights were constantly under attack and they were not protected by the constitution or any laws If a gay man is caught by the police they have their name age and home address listed in newspaper Homosexual contact would take place in public restrooms movie theatres Would lose job and all licensing Before Stonewall there was no such thing as coming out or being out 0 In New York there was a chance of nding other homosexuals to connect with or nding people that did not care that you were gay Drag Queens and crazy people great music coffee houses cafes 0 they just wanted a place to hang out and make friends with other gay people 0 the people that went there were nothing to lose types Stonewall was gay people s Mecca they felt that the space was truly theirs Lots of vandalism terrible beatings were hunted If someone was dressed as a women they had female police of cers go into the bathroom with them to check if they were actually women Drag Queens They used humor to cover pain and anger Cops would go undercover as Drag Queens and arrest people who made sexual offers to them 0 Entrapment was at large Gay people had no political power Twilight people gay people wouldn t come out until it was dark 0 gay bars were always very hidden and low key windows were covered up Very afraid of cops they would arrest and beat Some felt like critters in a zoo when they were protesting 0 Girls wore skirts and men wore suits for protesting because they wanted people to relate to them as part of mainstream society They started ghting for laws 0 NOT marriage or adoption of children Vigilantism people were using walkietalkies to conduct attacks on gay men
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