Stonewall Uprising (Davis & Heilbroner, 2010)

Stonewall Uprising

On more than one occasion during Stonweall Uprising, the gripping and informative new documentary from Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, someone refers to the riots at the Greenwich Village bar as “the Rosa Parks moment” of the gay liberation movement. As I contemplated this analogy in the wake of the film, I was struck not by some of the obvious similarities between the events but by one key difference. As a full-time, tenure track university professor who has read his share of SAT exams, I have read, literally hundreds of essays in my life about Rosa Parks and the Memphis Montgomery bus boycott.

Before viewing the film, I had never heard of the Stonewall riots.

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