Stonewall at 40: Celebrating resistance

On June 28, 1969, a group of gay men and lesbians decided that enough was enough, and struck back against the authorities after a series of police raids at the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in New York City’s Greenwich Village. During the following days and nights, they marched and rioted, making headlines and sparking the modern gay-rights movement.

Now some Asheville-area LGBTQ people and their supporters are poised to mark the 40th anniversary of Stonewall with a series of rallies and commemorative events.

The Stonewall celebration starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, in Pritchard Park, with speakers and music. At 6 p.m., a permitted sidewalk march will make its way through downtown, followed by a 7 p.m. ice-cream social back at Pritchard Park.

After outside events, an after-party gets cooking at Hookah Joes at 9 p.m. Performers will including a Blondie cover band from Durham, local rockers Sparkle Rainbow Ponies of Death, burlesque and drag from the Tranzmission Drag Troup and dancing by Talon Dance Troup, followed by a DJ’ed dance tunes.

“This year’s theme is Super Queeros!” reads a press release from event organizers. “We will be honoring our community’s very own super hero legends of the past!”

— Jon Elliston, managing editor

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About Jon Elliston
An Asheville-based mountain journalist: Former Mountain Xpress managing editor. Investigations and open government editor at Carolina Public Press. Senior contributing editor at WNC magazine.

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