The police shoved and pushed, knocking some people down, and the crowd which had finished a chorus of "We Shall Overcome" and a chorus line, got angry, Ten police officers—including two policewomen—barricaded themselves, Howard Smith (a writer for The Village Voice), and several handcuffed detainees inside the Stonewall Inn for their own safety as bottles, cans and whatever else was thrown.
By the end of evening 13 people had been arrested after the Tactical Police Force (TPF) of the New York City Police Department arrived to free the police trapped inside the Stonewall. More debris were thrown at them by the demonstrators.
The next night an even larger crowd gathered, more peaceful and celebratory, though fires were set in trash cans as on the previous night. The TPF showed up again and "street battles" resumed. Demonstrations continured for three more days. This was the official birth of the Gay Right Movement.
A year and half earlier in Los Angeles, on New years Eve 1967 the Black Cat (now Le Barcito) on Sunset Blvd in Silver Lake east of Hollywood, was raided by the LAPD Vice Squad. From Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians by Lillian Faderman and Stuart Timmons:
[U]niformed police, who had been alerted by the undercover officers, rushed in and began to swing billy clubs, tear down leftover Christmas ornaments, break furnishings, and beat several men brutally. Sixteen customers and employees were arrested and forced to lie face down on the sidewalk until squad cars came to take them away. Plainclothes officers chased two men across Sanborn Avenue to the New Faces bar. There, the officers knocked the woman owner down and beat her two bartenders unconscious. . . .Six men were charged with lewd conduct: They were seen kissing other men on the lips for up to ten seconds. A jury found them all guilty…
Outraged activists took to the street.
Hundreds of onlookers supported the parading picketers, and activists passed out 3,000 leaflets to motorists explaining why they were there.
The month is Pride, celebrating Stonewall, full of parades and events–and even a DNC fundraiser. The LGBTQ community has made huge political strides and so has the straight community in accepting and embracing LGBTQ (it seems so natural to do, though Prop 8 proved otherwise even for those of us in California).
Sadly there are still uptight, theocratic morons who believe that allowing civil marriage equality, the repeal of DOMA and the repeal of DADT will cause the Mississippi to run backwards and God to get really mad. Not.
It’s time the religious right stop this and for politicians to move forward, because the Constitution does not allow for the institution of a state religion. By forcing their hateful religious doctrines on others, conservative theocrats are shoving instutionalized religion down the throats of those who have other faiths that support same-sex unions and same-sex benefits (and those who have no faith, but support civil rights).
So Happy Stonewall, LGBTQ+A! Keep up the fight and keep the love alive! We shall overcome!