Stonewall Riots

Stonewall UprisingIn the early 60’s my favorite relative mentioned that he sometimes wanted to kill himself.  I couldn’t believe it! He was great looking,  smart,  funny, and he had a good summer job on the line at Ford in Detroit.  I didn’t understand what he was getting at, but looking back, it’s pretty obvious.  He was Catholic and gay, and the early sixties weren’t the greatest time to be gay in the mid-west.

The Stonewall uprising,  in June of 1969, was a milestone in the fight for equal rights for LGBT (“lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender”),  people in the U.S.

My relative  got through high school and didn’t kill himself,  fortunately for everyone who knew him.  He graduated with honors from a world class university and moved out to the coast as fast as he could.

Grand Rapids Public Library has many resources to learn about being the type of person you are, and dealing with what goes with it.

There are  LGBT books on historical, legal, relationship, religious, bullying, and just about any other aspect you could think of.  Dan Savage posted a video with his partner on youtube called  “It Gets Better” . GRPL even has a teen wiki for LGBT-

And it’s true– things usually get better.  My cousin met a wonderful man in LA, and they’ve been together for 37 years, even got married. He’s had a wonderful career, a full life, many friends.   Only once I heard him comment on one of his old nemesis’– it was something like:   “Well, I heard how so-and-so is doing. He finally got out of jail, and he’s back with his sister.  He wouldn’t play with me in junior high, and now he’s  lost his hair! ”

Living your own true life is the best revenge!

 

2 Responses to “Stonewall Riots”

  1. March 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    That video on the Stonewall uprising looks very interesting, what a great topic for the blog! I don't think many people are familiar with the story of the Stonewall, even though it's such an important moment in history. Even in NYC it gets overlooked!

    Also, "he finally got out of jail, and he's back with his sister" – hahaha! Living well really is the best revenge. 

  2. March 26, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    That video on the Stonewall uprising looks very interesting, what a great topic for the blog! I don’t think many people are familiar with the story of the Stonewall, even though it’s such an important moment in history. Even in NYC it gets overlooked!

    Also, “he finally got out of jail, and he’s back with his sister” – hahaha! Living well really is the best revenge.