Stonewall Outloud

In 1991 a radio documentary came out remembering the Stonewall Riots, this YouTube Originals documentary was inspired by it. Directors Fenton Bailey (Menendez: Blood Brothers, Becoming Chaz) and Randy Barbato (Party Monster, Inside Deep Throat) have got some well known LGBTQ+ people from the pop culture world to retell what happened 50 years ago at Stonewall.

Narrated by RuPaul and featuring Lance Bass, Fortune Feimster, Adam Rippon and others the story is told in a fresh new way with a nod to the past. The nights in which the demonstrations and riots took place are recreated using the voices of the people who went through it and the rare recordings which still exist. Coupled with visuals of the present day LGBTQ+ personalities to create a full picture of what went on.

A revolution grew out of the Stonewall Riots in 1969. On the night of June 28, 1969 the NYPD raided the Stonewall Inn, a known gay club. Being gay at that time was not safe. Up until that night the Stonewall Inn was one of the few safe havens for the LGBTQ+ community. On that evening something special happened within the community, in that, instead of fleeing when the police raided, they stood their ground. They fought back.

The personal accounts of those pioneers make up the backbone of this documentary. It makes it very poignant and personal. We hear their voices. Those who fought against the discrimination and violence their community had been subjected to for decades. Together all this transports those listening back to ’69; it is very moving.

A documentary like this is important because it gives a voice to people who are still discriminated against. Fifty years have passed since Stonewall and the ultimate goal has still not be achieved. As far as equality for all, we have come far, but there is still a ways to go. The fight continues for members of the LGBTQ+ community. It also brings attention to a significant moment in the fight for gay rights in the United States. Stonewall Inn riots marked the first Pride.

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