Reply Sat 28 May, 2011 09:16 am
And St. Pete has the largest Gay Pride Festival in all of Florida, last year 80 thousand, over 100 thousand expected this year. Had to buy a new flag as the last storm ripped apart the old one.
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Reply Thu 21 Jun, 2012 12:19 pm
And this will be the tenth year Morgan! looking forward to it!
Reply Thu 21 Jun, 2012 12:39 pm
Wow, that might be bigger than Columbus Pride. And Columbus Pride is pretty big.
Reply Thu 21 Jun, 2012 01:35 pm
80,000 spectators? Pfft, amateurs.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Officials say this year’s Gay Pride Parade will be more controlled—and manageable—than last year’s parade, which drew nearly 800,000 people.

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Reply Fri 22 Jun, 2012 04:53 am
It's pretty large considering St. Pete is a small town, but it's hotter then hell in June!
Reply Fri 22 Jun, 2012 05:04 am
EqualityFLSTPete wrote:
It's pretty large considering St. Pete is a small town,
but it's hotter then hell in June!
Then Y not have it in a cooler month ?

Reply Fri 22 Jun, 2012 05:27 am
Pride is usually held in June, that's when the stonewall uprising took place in New York.
Reply Fri 22 Jun, 2012 07:48 am
Can u tell us about that uprising ?
Reply Fri 22 Jun, 2012 09:19 am
Can u tell us about that uprising ?

Stonewall Riots/Uprising took place in June 1969. Stonewall was a gay bar on Christopher Street between Waverly Place and 7th Avenue South in Greenwich Village.

Cops repeatedly would come by there (and other establishments) and cause trouble for patrons who would frequent these mostly homosexual hangouts. June 27 came along and the people had had enough and fought back.

Read more here:

A video production of information courtesy of WGHB and PBS can be viewed here:

and likely elsewhere as well.

To offer an idea of mindset at the time, the New York Daily News ran a headline: Homo Nest Raided Queen Bees Stinging Mad
Text of the article from the news found here:

Homo Nest Raided, Queen Bees Are Stinging Mad

Reprinted from "The New York Daily News," July 6, 1969

She sat there with her legs crossed, the lashes of her mascara-coated eyes beating like the wings of a hummingbird. She was angry. She was so upset she hadn't bothered to shave. A day old stubble was beginning to push through the pancake makeup. She was a he. A queen of Christopher Street.

Last weekend the queens had turned commandos and stood bra strap to bra strap against an invasion of the helmeted Tactical Patrol Force. The elite police squad had shut down one of their private gay clubs, the Stonewall Inn at 57 Christopher St., in the heart of a three-block homosexual community in Greenwich Village. Queen Power reared its bleached blonde head in revolt. New York City experienced its first homosexual riot. "We may have lost the battle, sweets, but the war is far from over," lisped an unofficial lady-in-waiting from the court of the Queens.

"We've had all we can take from the Gestapo," the spokesman, or spokeswoman, continued. "We're putting our foot down once and for all." The foot wore a spiked heel. According to reports, the Stonewall Inn, a two-story structure with a sand painted brick and opaque glass facade, was a mecca for the homosexual element in the village who wanted nothing but a private little place where they could congregate, drink, dance and do whatever little girls do when they get together.

The thick glass shut out the outside world of the street. Inside, the Stonewall bathed in wild, bright psychedelic lights, while the patrons writhed to the sounds of a juke box on a square dance floor surrounded by booths and tables. The bar did a good business and the waiters, or waitresses, were always kept busy, as they snaked their way around the dancing customers to the booths and tables. For nearly two years, peace and tranquility reigned supreme for the Alice in Wonderland clientele.

The Raid Last Friday

Last Friday the privacy of the Stonewall was invaded by police from the First Division. It was a raid. They had a warrant. After two years, police said they had been informed that liquor was being served on the premises. Since the Stonewall was without a license, the place was being closed. It was the law.
All hell broke loose when the police entered the Stonewall. The girls instinctively reached for each other. Others stood frozen, locked in an embrace of fear.

Only a handful of police were on hand for the initial landing in the homosexual beachhead. They ushered the patrons out onto Christopher Street, just off Sheridan Square. A crowd had formed in front of the Stonewall and the customers were greeted with cheers of encouragement from the gallery.

The whole proceeding took on the aura of a homosexual Academy Awards Night. The Queens pranced out to the street blowing kisses and waving to the crowd. A beauty of a specimen named Stella wailed uncontrollably while being led to the sidewalk in front of the Stonewall by a cop. She later confessed that she didn't protest the manhandling by the officer, it was just that her hair was in curlers and she was afraid her new beau might be in the crowd and spot her. She didn't want him to see her this way, she wept.

Queen Power

The crowd began to get out of hand, eye witnesses said. Then, without warning, Queen Power exploded with all the fury of a gay atomic bomb. Queens, princesses and ladies-in-waiting began hurling anything they could get their polished, manicured fingernails on. Bobby pins, compacts, curlers, lipstick tubes and other femme fatale missiles were flying in the direction of the cops. The war was on. The lilies of the valley had become carnivorous jungle plants.

Urged on by cries of "C'mon girls, lets go get'em," the defenders of Stonewall launched an attack. The cops called for assistance. To the rescue came the Tactical Patrol Force.

Flushed with the excitement of battle, a fellow called Gloria pranced around like Wonder Woman, while several Florence Nightingales administered first aid to the fallen warriors. There were some assorted scratches and bruises, but nothing serious was suffered by the honeys turned Madwoman of Chaillot.

Official reports listed four injured policemen with 13 arrests. The War of the Roses lasted about 2 hours from about midnight to 2 a.m. There was a return bout Wednesday night.

Two veterans recently recalled the battle and issued a warning to the cops. "If they close up all the gay joints in this area, there is going to be all out war."

Bruce and Nan

Both said they were refugees from Indiana and had come to New York where they could live together happily ever after. They were in their early 20's. They preferred to be called by their married names, Bruce and Nan.
"I don't like your paper," Nan lisped matter-of-factly. "It's anti-fag and pro-cop."

"I'll bet you didn't see what they did to the Stonewall. Did the pigs tell you that they smashed everything in sight? Did you ask them why they stole money out of the cash register and then smashed it with a sledge hammer? Did you ask them why it took them two years to discover that the Stonewall didn't have a liquor license."

Bruce nodded in agreement and reached over for Nan's trembling hands.

"Calm down, doll," he said. "Your face is getting all flushed."

Nan wiped her face with a tissue.

"This would have to happen right before the wedding. The reception was going to be held at the Stonewall, too," Nan said, tossing her ashen-tinted hair over her shoulder.

"What wedding?," the bystander asked.

Nan frowned with a how-could-anybody-be-so-stupid look. "Eric and Jack's wedding, of course. They're finally tieing the knot. I thought they'd never get together."

Meet Shirley

"We'll have to find another place, that's all there is to it," Bruce sighed. "But every time we start a place, the cops break it up sooner or later."
"They let us operate just as long as the payoff is regular," Nan said bitterly. "I believe they closed up the Stonewall because there was some trouble with the payoff to the cops. I think that's the real reason. It's a shame. It was such a lovely place. We never bothered anybody. Why couldn't they leave us alone?"

Shirley Evans, a neighbor with two children, agrees that the Stonewall was not a rowdy place and the persons who frequented the club were never troublesome. She lives at 45 Christopher St.

"Up until the night of the police raid there was never any trouble there," she said. "The homosexuals minded their own business and never bothered a soul. There were never any fights or hollering, or anything like that. They just wanted to be left alone. I don't know what they did inside, but that's their business. I was never in there myself. It was just awful when the police came. It was like a swarm of hornets attacking a bunch of butterflies."

A reporter visited the now closed Stonewall and it indeed looked like a cyclone had struck the premisses.

Police said there were over 200 people in the Stonewall when they entered with a warrant. The crowd outside was estimated at 500 to 1,000. According to police, the Stonewall had been under observation for some time. Being a private club, plain clothesmen were refused entrance to the inside when they periodically tried to check the place. "They had the tightest security in the Village," a First Division officer said, "We could never get near the place without a warrant."

Police Talk

The men of the First Division were unable to find any humor in the situation, despite the comical overtones of the raid.
"They were throwing more than lace hankies," one inspector said. "I was almost decapitated by a slab of thick glass. It was thrown like a discus and just missed my throat by inches. The beer can didn't miss, though, "it hit me right above the temple."

Police also believe the club was operated by Mafia connected owners. The police did confiscate the Stonewall's cash register as proceeds from an illegal operation. The receipts were counted and are on file at the division headquarters. The warrant was served and the establishment closed on the grounds it was an illegal membership club with no license, and no license to serve liquor.

The police are sure of one thing. They haven't heard the last from the Girls of Christopher Street.

You can locate a great deal of information on Stonewall through search engines.

Reply Fri 22 Jun, 2012 12:59 pm
Thanks for that!

Ours will be next weekend, I always look forward to it, we are expecting at least 120 thousand people this year. But as Anthony said it is hot!!!! but they do put out the misters on all the tents so it helps a little.
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Reply Fri 22 Jun, 2012 01:22 pm
You're likely one of the only posters that was in NYC when it happened. Odd that you need to ask about it.
Reply Fri 22 Jun, 2012 02:38 pm
ehBeth wrote:
You're likely one of the only posters that was in NYC when it happened.
Odd that you need to ask about it.
I was, indeed.
In point of fact, I was working very near the affected area,
but I did not know that bar.

From reading Sturgis' post, I was angered against the offending police.
From his posted account of the event, I see that it was poignant,
and very unjust, but I did not take notice of it at the time.

I wish to apologize to the owner of the bar
and to the homosexual community, on behalf of straights.

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Reply Fri 22 Jun, 2012 06:02 pm
Most would like to have pride down by the water but the board won't budge because it supports the grand central district.
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Reply Fri 22 Jun, 2012 06:17 pm
Thank you for the details, Sturg. I knew all that, at least later, but still, thanks.

I don't want to act all know it all. Quite the opposite.
I was crazy in love with a guy in early '71. Much sturm und drang for me, and for him, he went to see a psychiatrist.

We have talked in intervening years and both understand.

The thing is, no one believes me that he was one of my best lovers.

Reply Fri 22 Jun, 2012 09:56 pm
Y did he see a psychiatrist ?
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2012 07:56 am
And when they called us pedophiles and told us we were not deserving of human rights...did we just sit back and take it? My eternal gratitude to these courageous people who'd HAD ENOUGH!

Happy Pride Month!
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2012 09:38 pm
It's cool they god Deborah Cox to preform, love this song!

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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2012 11:01 pm
Reply Sun 24 Jun, 2012 08:10 am
This day NYC Gay Pride...too many years ago...driving into the city jamming to Dianna Ross Ain't No Mountain High Enough...a fabulous room in the NY Hilton...Madonna on her own boy float...ummm I think that was 1992...shirtless dykes on bikes...frozen drunken margaritas and good friends...wish I could have bottled can never recapture those moments...enjoy it NYC PRIDE!
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Reply Mon 25 Jun, 2012 02:02 pm
We usually just stay for the parade then get out of the heat and head to Georgie's! being the 10th they are expecting even a larger crowd.
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