That bronze marker signifies the city's LGBT activism that not only changed the future of Kansas City, but the rest of the nation. What happened at the State hotel that once stood at the corner of W. You can see their online exhibit: Making History. Many of the organizations had already been around for years. And so, the National Planning Conference of Homophile Organizations met during a time where you could be fired from your job, arrested for being in a bar, institutionalized, and worse for your sexual orientation.
The Gay Liberation Movement
June is LGBTQ Pride Month
The riots are known to be a pivotal watershed event of the gay and lesbian liberation movement. Societal oppression, anti-gay businesses which, at the time, included most bars and restaurants , anti-gay law enforcement, and an anti-gay legal system were some of the massive obstacles that the gay community faced in the s and 60s. These obstacles also prevented gay men and lesbians from forming a cohesive community. An early morning police raid on June 28, , at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village prompted the gay community to respond with immediate protests and demonstrations, and they fought back even when the police became violent. The Stonewall riot, and the protests that followed, precipitated the organization of two gay activist groups and the founding of three newspapers that served the NYC gay community. Village residents quickly organized into activist groups to concentrate efforts on establishing places for gay men and lesbians to be open about their sexual orientation without fear of being arrested.
LGBTQ Pride Month
It is a celebration of all sexualities and gender identities. The event was a benchmark of awareness for the LGBTQ community and led to a surge of advocacy and progress over the decades. LGBTQ Pride Month represents and celebrates the lives, stories and experiences of queer people around the globe who have achieved so much in the face of adversity. The LGBTQ community has faced decades of homophobia and transphobia but has shown resilience in the face of the AIDS epidemic, discrimination laws, legislation targeting sex and gender identity and much more. In June we celebrate the perseverance of those who history has erased, those who have led our communities to speak up and out, and those in the future who can live more openly and authentically.
Over the next week two additional riots broke out in the neighborhood in protest. The uprisings ignited a new atmosphere of militant gay liberation. Like the homophile movement, these new organizations sought to end discrimination against gays and lesbians.