Almost 42 years after Stonewall, marriage equality passes

The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City.

They are frequently cited as the first instance in American history when people in the homosexual community fought back against a government-sponsored system that persecuted sexual minorities, and they have become the defining event that marked the start of the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.

The last years of the 1960s were very contentious as many social movements were active, including the African American Civil Rights Movement, the Counterculture of the 1960s, and antiwar demonstrations. These influences served as catalysts for the Stonewall riots.

Police raids on gay bars were routine in the 1960s, but officers quickly lost control of the situation at the Stonewall Inn, and attracted a crowd that was incited to riot.

After the Stonewall riots, gays and lesbians in New York City faced gender, class, and generational obstacles to becoming a cohesive community. On June 28, 1970, the first Gay Pride marches took place in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York commemorating the anniversary of the riots. Gay Pride events are held annually throughout the world toward the end of June to mark the Stonewall riots.

Today, June 24, 2011, New York state gay and lesbian committed couples cross a great milestone to being equal citizens by being allowed to enjoy the rights of marriage.

The Empire State Building’s pre-scheduled rainbow light display honoring NYC Pride Week becomes that much more meaningful in light of the state’s legalization of same-sex marriage.

Michael Kors was ready for today’s good news. In the West Village.

A 49-year-old woman from the Republic of Tatarstan had a bit of a nasty shock when she woke up in a coffin after being declared dead by doctors. The shock was so nasty in fact that she dropped dead.

Kazan resident Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov was being prepared for burial after supposedly dying of a heart attack. She opened her eyes only to find herself surrounded by praying mourners, and subsequently died for real.

“Her eyes fluttered and we immediately rushed her back to the hospital,” her husband Fagili Mukhametzyanov is quoted as saying, “but she only lived for another 12 minutes in intensive care before she died again, this time for good.”

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Less than a week after Justin Bieber was spotted at the MuchMusic Video Awards sporting a Kelly Kapowski tee, theSaved by the Bell siren returned the favor by donning a Bieber tee to yesterday’s screening of Horrible Bosses at Sunshine Landmark in New York City.

Friendly Reminder: Justin Bieber was born a year after Saved by the Bell wascanceled. YOU ARE OLD.

“Russian architect, Alexander Remizov, is the mastermind behind the project, he believes that his floating “slinky,” which can hold up to 10,000 people can have multiple uses, including a safe house for disaster relief. The prototype’s main materials are timber, steel ,and high-strength ETFE plastic and it is built to handle land and/or water.”

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