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Stonewall
Gay bars used to be one of the only places gays could gather. So police would often raid gay bars. They used the pretense that they were raiding the gay bars because the gay bars were selling illegal liquor. Unfortunately there was really not much that people could do to stop the police raids. Then came the raid on the Stonewall Inn, it was after this raid that gay rights really started.
On June 27th, 1969, the New York tactical police raided the Greenwich Village’s Stonewall inn, which was a gay bar. What was different about this raid was that some of the gays and lesbians fought back. They threw bottles and rocks at the police. It was then that the raid turned into a riot. This riot continued for the next few days because people heard that a gay bar had fought back and they came to help.
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One of our artifacts is a replica of a gay pride parade. These are held all through out the summer and the spring. They hang the gay pride flags and march for celebration and for the rest of their rights. These mean a lot because they represent gay pride and it is a chance for them to celebrate. The reason we built this replica was because we thought it meant a lot to the gay rights project.
These parades mean a lot to gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered. This is a chance for them to live their lives the way they want to and dress the way they want to without any type of discrimination. This is all because of Gilbert Baker he was the inventor and creater of the gay flag. Without this flag there would probably be no gay pride parade. They celebrate being gay because they deserve it and this replica is to show all of the meaning that it means to gays to be able to march in these parades because this is real life for them and they deserve the same rights as anyone else in the world.
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Another one of our artifacts is a picture of a court room with a parking ticket sitting in the witness stand. This represents the court case known as Bowers vrs. Hardwick. Hardwick was walking by Bowers apartment to give Bowers a parking ticket and saw through one of the windows that Bowers was in there with another man having private conduct. Hardwick went in to the apartment and arrested both men on the spot. At the trial Bowers was convicted by a five to four vote.
We decided to construct this court case to show that something as little as a parking ticket lead to the life that gays have now. This is an important court case because it was the first court case involving a gay man as the defendant. This is to show that one parking ticket alone made this man go to prison just because of his sexual orientation. That is why we chose this picture of a court room with a parking ticket in the witness stand as one of our five important artifacts.
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Matthew Shepard went to a bar one night and left with some so called friends. At least he thought he had made some new friends. Instead of giving him a ride home they brought him to a deserted area with a fence tied him up to the fence and beat him with a gun. Now before they left they took his wallet and his shoes and left him to die bloody and cold. It was freezing out and eveyone was surprised that he actually lived. In the morning two bikers found him and rushed him to the hospital. He was on full life support for a few days and then died on Wednesday.
Now the only reason this young man was killed was because of his sexual orientation. He was gay and deserved to live because he was only 21 years old. We chose to use this as one of our five important artifacts because he died tragically because of two people who did not believe in what he believed in. There are still memorials on that fence that was built only to keep people out of a mans farm. The fence shows no signs of where it happened but still holds all the memories of what happened to that innocent man one night. .fence.JPG
Charlie Howard was a young gay man who suffered from very bad asthma. One day after church he was walking to the post office with a friend to get his mail. On the way he saw some teenagers in a car that had beaten him up and teased him before. Automatically he started running but tripped because he could not catch his breath. The teenagers started kicking him and punching him. Then one of them said lets throw him over the bridge thinking he could swim. They picked him up and Charlie said no I can’t swim over and over again. They did not listen. They threw him over the bridge and he died of an Asthma attack. Before the teenagers left they told Charlie’s friend that if he told anyone that he would be next. As soon as the teenagers left he ran to the police and told them the whole story.
Days later they found his body a ways down the river. On the day of his funeral his mother threw a white rose in to the water of her sons gravesite. The reason we chose this as one of our five important artifacts was because he also died a very bad death and was very young. He was killed soly because of his sexual orientation. That is why we chose his case as one of our five artifacts.whiterose.JPGv