Last week I spent some time at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, drawing the memorial that lives there for the victims of the recent Orlando shooting. The Stonewall Inn is famous as the birthplace of the LGBT rights movement in the United States: in 1969 a series of riots protesting the frequent police raids on gay bars were sparked there. You can read more HERE.
David, pictured above, told me that he remembered Stonewall from ’69, and that he was amazed at the movement that has grown from that. “The hippies started the rainbow flag,” he told me, “but the gay movement took it and ran.”
Let’s hope that the violent events in Orlando can ultimately bring Americans together in further pursuit of equal rights for all, not tear us apart into factions of fear.
Please visit my BLOG to read more about the memorial, and see some of the drawings I made there.
posted by Veronica