STONEWALL AT 50: GAY LIBERATION IN THE US AND GERMANY
June 21, 2019 - New York City
The Stonewall Riots of 1969, and the 1971 movie “It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, But the Society in Which He Lives” by Rosa von Praunheim about homosexual subculture in Germany, were pivotal moments in the history of the gay and lesbian liberation movements in both countries. Despite setbacks that the movements had (and still have) to face, their achievements—such as the legalization of same-sex marriage and a broader societal acceptance of homosexuality in general—are powerful.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the RLS–NYC office is hosting a panel discussion with author and historian Marc Stein, Professor of History at San Francisco State University, and Patrick Henze, PhD in Gender Studies and political drag queen from Berlin, Germany. Providing a historical overview of the early beginnings and developments of the movements in both countries, the panelists will analyze the political motivations and philosophies behind them as well as their connections to the anti-capitalist left. They will also explore how the New York riots inspired gays and lesbians in Germany, examining both the ways in which the German movement drew inspiration and tried to set itself apart from its US-American counterpart. In conversation with the audience, we will then assess the reverberations of the Stonewall Riots for today’s LGBTQ movements.
The panel will be moderated by Ellen Broidy, an early member of the Gay Liberation Front and part of the Come Out cell as well as co-founder of the First Annual Gay Pride March, who will share her thoughts on the connections and distinctions between the lesbian and gay liberation movement.
Friday, June 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office
275 Madison Ave, Suite 2114, New York City
*The room is wheelchair accessible*
Light refreshments will be served. The admission is free, please RSVP here.
Download the flyer here.
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