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NYPD Ripped In Gay Bash


NYPDA popular Manhattan deejay yesterday charged that cops “did nothing” after he and two friends were attacked in a gay-bashing incident in Hell’s Kitchen over the weekend.

“I am more angry at the lack of response than the incident,” said Blake Hayes, a WPLJ disc jockey. “We asked several times to file a report. They [cops] never opened a pad of paper.”

The NYPD hate-crimes unit is now investigating the incident, after City Council Speaker Christine Quinn intervened, Hayes and officials said.

Hayes said the disturbing incident occurred at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday as he and two friends, Danny Calvert and Alec Bell, were walking past McCoy’s, a bar on Ninth Avenue.

A patron standing outside threw a lit cigarette butt at one of his friends, saying, “Keep moving, faggot,” Hayes said.

This led to angry words, and the man threw Calvert against a car and punched Bell in the face twice, Hayes said.

Today is the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots


On this day, in 1969, a small bar in the West Village of Manhattan became the epicentre of an event that changed the course of gay history.

The Stonewall Inn, like most gay bars of the time, was frequently the target of police intimidation and demands for payoffs in returns for not arresting or publishing names of the patrons.

But, on June 28, 1969, patrons of the Stonewall Inn became fed up and instead of complying with police, patrons resisted.  They threw coins, bottles, and other bojects at police and fires were started.

These riots are commonly referred to as the first time in American history that gays and lesbians fought back against a government-sponsored persecution of homosexuals.  These events have come to be recognized as beginning of the modern day gay rights movement not only here in the United States but across the globe.

In only a couple weeks, the gay residents in Greenwhich Village organized themselves into activist groups that worked ┬áto establish places for gays and lesbians to be open about their sexual orientation without fear of being arrested. ┬áThe fight continues now, 40 years later…

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Keep up the good fight, history favors those fighting for equality.

The New York Public Library is celebrating the Year of Gay Liberation (1969)


To help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the declaration of June 2009 as LGBT Pride month, the New York Public library has created an exhibition titled 1969: The Year of Gay Liberation.

The entire story can be found one 365 Gay by Cory Stottlemyer.