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A news director presents the original audio from the very first pride demonstrations following the Stonewall riots.
Publish Date: Jun 09, 2021
A news director presents the original audio from the very first pride demonstrations following the Stonewall riots. The audio shows that people from around the country, people who had never been to a march before, showed up for the pride parade because they felt called to do so. In one of the most poignant points of the audio, chants of "Gay Power" can be heard for the first time.
nobody knew what was going to happen. Gay liberation was breaking new ground was never before seen large scale public protests by L G B T Q people and the largest ever demonstration by L G B T. Q people in the United States was about to take place 50 years ago, Breck artery was living in Harrisburg pennsylvania, where he was news director at a local radio station on a monday morning at work. He read a small item in the new york times about quote disorder outside the Stonewall Inn Breck knew what he wanted to do next. I moved to new york city in the fall of 1969. It became clear to me that the Stonewall riots had spawned a new gay movement. I thought it would be worthwhile to make an audio documentary on what was going on. I was going to school and I was working part time and so I I did it when I could, I just uh went out and interviewed as many people as I can to find out what was going on with the gay movement and how the whole landscape had changed. Thanks to Breck artery and his tape recorder. We can now tell you the story of the first pride march on saturday june 27th, 1970 in Chicago mike Barta of Chicago Gay liberation welcomed the crowd this way I want to welcome everybody here on behalf of Chicago gay liberation on the celebration day part of gay pride week. We're here because we're gay and we're proud that we are in Chicago is across the country. The gay movement has brought out many people who are new to marches and demonstrations. One of them put it this way. I've never gone on a march before and I'll be damned if I've ever been in a movement before. But all of a sudden something that touched the corner of my life. And if inner core began to have some kind of meaning, and I have to say that I've got to be out here no matter what. When the Chicago marchers reached their destination at the downtown Civic Center, there were more speeches Bill Try said, gays could be in the vanguard of those working to change american society. We don't have to listen to all the rhetoric that explain what's wrong with the texas racing society we know, because we're day we can be the leaders of the revolution that is going to make this society a better place to live gay power.