Stonewall 50 in Newspapers

The Stonewall uprising was a series of six-day protests that began in the early morning of June 28, 1969, and centered around the Stonewall Inn, a gay tavern in New York City’s Greenwich Village on Christopher Street.  This particular event (also called the Stonewall rebellion or Stonewall riots), represents a turning point in the movement for LGBTQ rights. Christopher Street Liberation Day on June 28, 1970, marked the first anniversary of the Stonewall uprising with an assembly on Christopher Street and the first Gay Pride march in U.S. history, covering the 51 blocks to Central Park.

The Stonewall uprising was widely covered in the underground press or alternative newspapers such as Village Voice (New York, NY), Rat Subterranean News (New York, NY), East Village Other (New York, NY), The Berkeley Barb (Berkeley, CA), The Los Angeles Free Press (Los Angeles, CA), Quicksilver Times (Washington, DC), and Great Speckled Bird (Atlanta, GA). Underground press publications started during the radical movements of the 1960s and these papers often played an important role in the U.S. media landscape by covering stories and topics that were underreported by their mainstream counterparts.  The Library of Congress has an Underground Newspaper Collection on microfilm that includes several hundred newspaper titles that thrived in the 1960s and early 1970s, most of which are concerned with themes or subjects of particular reference to the era.

“Thousands of Homosexuals Hold a Protest Rally in Central Park,” New York Times, June 29, 1970

As we celebrate Pride Month at the Library of Congress, we invite you to visit the Library of Congress and have a look at our myriad newspaper collections to find other articles that commemorate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.  

Discover more:

  • Search and browse issues of the Washington Blade, Washington, D.C.’s principal lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) newspaper through  DigDC, a portal to selected digital collections from DC Public Library Special Collections.
  • An open-access digital collection of alternative press newspapers, magazines, and journals, drawn from the special collections of participating libraries is available on the Independent Voices website.

“STONEWALL INCIDENT,” East Village Other, July 9, 1969

“GAYS HIT NY COPS,” Berkeley Barb, July 4-10, 1969. Source: Independent Voices digital collection.

9 Comments

  1. owo
    October 30, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    uwu trans rights

  2. uwu
    November 14, 2019 at 9:57 am

    LGBT rights uwu

  3. uwo
    December 4, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    gay rights

  4. gay queen
    December 20, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    fam

  5. barb
    November 6, 2020 at 12:12 am

    what if they had tik Tok

  6. :b
    April 5, 2021 at 12:04 am

    why tf are some people commenting things like “trans rights uwu” like bruh it’s not an aesthetic and it’s not quirky, we’re talking about basic human rights here

  7. ♡´・ᴗ・`♡
    May 12, 2021 at 9:49 am

    uwu trans rights

  8. ?
    May 15, 2021 at 12:12 am

    the people commenting like “what is they had tiktok?” and “uwu” and shi its not cool. its not cute. its not an aesthetic. grow up. these people suffered. it wasn’t ‘uwu trans people” it was BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS.

  9. non benairy
    June 1, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    I wonder if the people saying to stop saying uwu trans rights are cis or het lol

Add a Comment

This blog is governed by the general rules of respectful civil discourse. You are fully responsible for everything that you post. The content of all comments is released into the public domain unless clearly stated otherwise. The Library of Congress does not control the content posted. Nevertheless, the Library of Congress may monitor any user-generated content as it chooses and reserves the right to remove content for any reason whatever, without consent. Gratuitous links to sites are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments. We further reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to remove a user's privilege to post content on the Library site. Read our Comment and Posting Policy.

Required fields are indicated with an * asterisk.