Journalist And Activist Mark Segal Reflects On LGBT Movement | NBC News Now

Journalist And Activist Mark Segal Reflects On LGBT Movement | NBC News Now



it's done well 50 and I'm trying to get my wrap my head around that it's just a little difficult for I think all of us who've come that long road as a young gay man growing up in the 1960s you didn't know who you were or what you were going to be all you knew is that people didn't talk about people like you then I was wondering why I was like different than everybody else and then of course you kept hearing rumors about these people who are degenerate these people who were immoral and I thought that wasn't me I was fine with who I was I didn't know didn't understand why other people didn't like people like me and you couldn't find out anything about people like me there was no information we were invincible feeling that I was the only gay person in Philadelphia in the world because there were no gay people in Philadelphia I ended up moving to New York on May 10th 1969 which in a sense was my liberation day being in Stonewall that night was frightening for me I had never been in a raid and I didn't know what a raid was and I had never had any interaction with police before when they came barging into the bar I was absolutely shocked at the behavior I saw they were banging people up against the wall slamming them I guess we better yelling every kind of name you could possibly imagine at them there are many terms for what happened as we were let out of the bar I like to use the word ripe to me it's a riot that turned into a revolution no one knew standing outside their what we were going to do or why we were even standing outside there we were quiet at first that is people come out people would start applauding finally there were more of us outside than people inside the bar inside the bar were just the police and the few workers of the bar they opened the door and said the Spurs for whatever reason we did not we threw pickup stones or cans that were on the street anything was on the street and started throwing it at the door at first just a few little things next time they opened it a barrage to the point where they couldn't get out of the bar in a sentence for the first time in history the people that the police had always imprisoned have now imprisoned police stop what really wasn't one night wasn't four nights wasn't six nights it wasn't seven nights stone walls 365 nights because from the ashes a stone wall came gay liberation from the first night of sterile during the riots Marty Robinson came to me and said write on the streets and on the walls all up and down Krister Street tomorrow night Stonewall that led to the second night of Stonewall 3rd and 4th nights we were leafleting on the street which defied the police because homosexuals weren't allowed to gather together on the streets and hell no they weren't allowed the leaflet you know against the police we were daring them to arrest us that's the spirit of Stonewall that's the spirit of glf we then from that night created the revolution which everyone now thinks is just stubble it's not Stonewall Kaitlyn Tracy front we were out loud and in your face we were no longer going to be invincible that's what we stood for we were also going to redefine ourselves we weren't going to let society tells me where we were no longer that clinical term homosexual we were whatever we wish to define ourselves as from one year we were unified we were unified up by everything from lesbian separatists to gay male fairy communes all working together that it never happened before and we did that for a whole year and if all of that were not enough at the end of the year we created what you now call gave rise so we went from literally before Geo after only 100 out activists in America that first gay pride 15,000 creating a grassroots diversified community was magic and created the gay movement we have today this pride segment on NBC News now is sponsored by mercedes-benz hey NBC News viewers thanks for checking out our YouTube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch the latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching

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