Stonewall 50

Fifty years after the uprising at Stonewall that marked a turning point in the fight for equality, KYW Newsradio examines the past, present, and future of the LGBTQ rights movement through voices from the Philadelphia region.

Supreme Court.
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Kristen Johanson
June 28, 2019 - 8:10 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Fifty years after the Stonewall riots galvanized a national movement for LGBT rights, the battle is still being fought in the courts, with one major case headed to the nation's highest court this fall, and two local cases not far behind. The U.S. Supreme Court will...
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Philadelphia police officers marched in uniform in the 2019 Philadelphia Pride Parade.
Philadelphia Police Department
Cherri Gregg
June 27, 2019 - 7:26 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Legend has it, transgender women of color started the Stonewall riots on June 28, 1968, in protest against New York City police harassment. Almost 50 years to the day, Philadelphia police rolled out one of the most progressive policies in the country for treatment of...
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In this March 27, 2019, photo, Nigerian activist Michael Ighodaro speaks during a meeting of the Reclaim Pride Coalition at the Church of the Village in New York.
Mary Altaffer/AP Photo
June 26, 2019 - 9:06 am
UPDATED: 3:15 p.m. By Karen Matthews, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — One of the biggest celebrations of LGBT pride in New York City history will culminate Sunday with not one, but two processions through Manhattan, after dissidents who believe the annual parade has become too commercialized...
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Alicia Terrizzi and Loreen Bloodgood are shown at Stonehenge with their two sons.
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Jim Melwert
June 26, 2019 - 6:00 am
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — In 2015 — 46 years after the Stonewall uprising — same-sex marriage became the law of the land with a 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. But two years before that, the Montgomery County register of wills played a key role in getting same-sex marriages...
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ACT-UP demonstration outside of the Bellevue Hotel in Center City Philadelphia in 1991.
John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives
Pat Loeb
June 24, 2019 - 6:15 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The real test of Stonewall came 12 years after the celebrated protests, with a setback so profound it threatened to wipe out, not just the gains of the gay community, but the community itself. In 1981, gay men in New York and San Francisco began suffering from unusual...
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Marchers are shown at the 2015 Philadelphia Trans March.
John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives
Tim McLaughlin
June 21, 2019 - 6:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Stonewall uprising is a source of inspiration for the modern transgender right movement. Some accounts of the riots say that trans women led the resistance against police. For a long time their stories weren't well known, but that's beginning to change. Tim...
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1972 Philadelphia Gay Pride march
John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives
Cherri Gregg
June 19, 2019 - 1:01 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — While the Stonewall riots represented a shift in the gay liberation movement, people of color within the community also had to battle racism. Their LGBT identity, oftentimes, had to take a back seat. Blackness vs. gayness "Here in Philadelphia, we had our own things...
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Mark Segal reminisces about the night of the 1969 Stonewall uprising.
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Tim McLaughlin
June 17, 2019 - 10:05 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Growing up in a housing project in 1960s South Philadelphia, Mark Segal didn't see anyone like him. "There was nothing on TV, because we were invisible," Segal says. "No TV personalities, no mentions of us on TV. Radio talk shows were not allowed to talk about us." So...
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Dewey's at 17th and Chancellor in Philadelphia, c. 1965
John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives
Pat Loeb
June 14, 2019 - 8:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Four years before the Stonewall riots, Philadelphia was the scene of what local historians believe was the first successful protest for LGBTQ rights. Andrew Kramer/KYW Newsradio On April 25, 1965, protesters staged a sit-in at an all-night hamburger restaurant called...
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Detail of the "Pride and Progress" mural by Ann Northrup, covering the west wall of the William Way Center LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia
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Eric Walter
June 13, 2019 - 1:50 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Presented here is a timeline of 50 moments in American LGBT history that came before and after the Stonewall uprising. That signature event, in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, when members of New York City's queer community resisted a police raid at a...
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