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Stonewall 50: Fifty LGBTI people on how Stonewall changed the world

Stonewall 50: Fifty LGBTI people on how Stonewall changed the world

We have published 50 articles by 50 voices around the world | Photo: Supplied

Fifty years ago, the night of Marsha P Johnson’s birthday at the Stonewall Inn was not considered anything special.

A bunch of people considered perverts protesting against the police? Even in the days afterwards, it was a non-story. Press in New York City denigrated them. History could have forgotten them.

But something changed.

Instead of fading away, a spotlight sparkles on that night in Greenwich Village. It’s become stuff of legend, an ember glowing in our shared history, sparking fires of resistance across the decades.

That’s why people are celebrating that night today (28 June). It cannot be credited for every moment of LGBTI rights progress in the last five decades – that’s thanks to thousands of people across the globe. But that night does stand for something wonderful.

Since the beginning of 2019, Gay Star News has published 50 articles from diverse voices around the world.  Three of those people were at the night 50 years ago. All of them discuss the past, present and future of our struggle for love and liberation.

People who were at the Stonewall Riots

The Stonewall Riots
Pride after the riots

Rev. Irene Monroe: I was at Stonewall and have seen it whitewashed

Nance Lomax: What was it like to be a 15-year-old trans teen at the Stonewall riots?

John O’Brien: I rioted at Stonewall in 1969 – and there remain battles to be won

Countries had their own Stonewall moment

a couple lying on their backs in wedding attire looking up at the camera. they are both women, one is wearing a traditional white wedding dress, while the other is in a grey vest pink tie and white shirt
Mayu Otaki (L) and Misato Kawasaki | Photo: Instagram/loveislove.japan

Robert French: Sydney’s Stonewall: how New York’s riots shaped LGBTI activism in Australia

Taiga Ishikawa: Partnerships, politics, and Japan’s own Stonewall Riot

Dede Oetomo: Trans women led Indonesia’s LGBTI movement and this is why it’s important

Erik Alexander: How the Stonewall revolution took a few more years to reach the South

Jane Fae: You might not have heard of Italy’s Stonewall moment but it’s so important

Harish Iyer: How India’s Stonewall played out in the country’s courts

Peter Tatchell: Are today’s activists lacking what the Stonewall rioters had?

Activists inspired 

Kurt Kelly and Stacy Lentz posing in front of the Inn.
Owner Kurt Kelly and co-owner and CEO of the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative Stacy Lentz posing in front of the Inn. | Photo: Michael Salinari

Jeremy Helligar: The Stonewall effect: How gay pride and black power shaped me

Elie Ballan: Coming out in Lebanon was my own act of rebellion, but the fight isn’t over

Liam Campbell: Sex, socks and Stonewall: How my 1st NYC trip made me the person I am today

Anonymous: Why it might as well be me who fights for equality in my rural community

Joseph-Zane Sikulu: I am a gay Tongan man trying to figure out how we all fit in

Amir Ashour: Gay man who fled Iraq reveals all: Being LGBTI is a ‘death sentence’

Fred Dixon: Gay guy who’s the boss of NYC tourism on what Stonewall anniversary means to him

Jide Macaulay: How the Stonewall riots inspired me and continue to offer hope to millions

Kakyo Trinah: Meet with the woman using art and fashion to change LGBTI lives in Uganda

Jack Ganbaatar: Growing up gay in Mongolia

Zuheir Kreidieh: I had to leave Lebanon after I came out as gay and HIV positive on TV

Ignas Rekasius: Lithuania’s LGBTI community refuse to hide away any more

Erin Curran: Northern Ireland: When will we get the rights we’re entitled to?

LGBTI life today

Frank Mugisha is the director of Sexual Minorities Uganda | Photo: Supplied

Javid Nabiyev: Azerbaijan is the worst place to be LGBTI in Europe and here’s why

Tarek Zeidan: For LGBTI people in Lebanon, they go through their own Stonewall everyday

Jay Lin: LGBTI life in Taiwan tells us progress is not always a straight line

Freddie Cosmo: I’ve performed at the Stonewall Inn 100 times: here’s why it’s cooler than ever

Lisa Amin: No Pride in policing: systemic oppression has no place in our parade

Omid Razavi: Kids deserve access to LGBTI-inclusive history lessons

Giorgi Tabagari: Police refuse to protect Pride after violence in Georgia

Jordan Charles: You don’t have to march at Pride to show your pride

Libby Baxter-Williams: 50 years after the riots, queer spaces are still not safe for all of us

Frank Mugisha: This is how anti-gay governments suppress the next LGBTI rebellion

AR Fathy: 50 years after the riots, nothing has changed for LGBTIs in Egypt

Carrying on the legacy

madonna standing at microphone with a man standing behind her who has a guitar around him
Madonna and her son David perform at the Stonewall Inn | Photo: Twitter/

Carla Ecola: Homeless queer people started our revolution, so why do we forget about them?

Stacy Lentz: How we carry on the legacy of the Stonewall Inn 50 years after that night

Luke Waltham: LGBTI celebrities, politicians and influencers play major roles in the fight for equality

Matthew Hodson: We needed the fighting spirit of Stonewall when AIDS hit our communities

Lacey Lou: Queer queens and trans women started the riot, yet the spotlight is on guys

Sacha Coward: Stonewall is just one, important part of our never-ending queer history

Shaun Dellenty: If we don’t teach children about diversity, lives will be lost

Matthew Todd: What the Stonewall pioneers fought for is at risk

Looking forward

Protesters gather to support transgender rights
Protesters fighting for transgender rights | Photo: Twitter

Spencer Freitas: There is hope for the non-binary community

Lewis Oakley: The Stonewall riots prove you can change the world over night

June Chua: Why transgender people are agents of change

Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil: Why India’s Stonewall may be just around the corner

Jeff Graham: Is Georgia at a tipping point on LGBTI rights?

Suelle Anglin: Jamaica is changing – and our Gay Agenda shows the way forward

Rémy Bonny: What we should demand from world leaders 50 years after Stonewall

Alexis Gregory: Carrying on the riot