Stonewall 50: A Year-Long Tribute to the Anniversary of the Uprising at the Stonewall Inn

January 28th, 2019|PrideFest News|

June 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, three nights of rioting at an historic gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village that is widely viewed as a turning point in the modern fight for LGBTQ civil rights. The Center on Colfax is marking this important historic anniversary with a series of free exhibits and events exploring this history and impact of that historic night long ago.

And, of course, Denver Pride will celebrate the anniversary with a series of events and our annual festival and parade on June 15-16 in downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park!

Here are some of the ways you can get involved in the Stonewall 50 project in 2019:

HISTORY EXHIBIT – June 28, 1969: The Spark That Lit the Fire

January – April 2019
Free history exhibit at The Center on Colfax

The world of LGBTQ people in 1950s and 60s America was remarkably different than today. Prior to 1962, same-sex relationships were a felony in every state, often punished by lengthy prison sentences. Same-sex loving men and women met in secret, fearing the long-term consequences of exposure. Gender nonconforming individuals and cross-dressers might find themselves shunned to the fringes of society. Early efforts at LGBTQ activism had smoldered for years before Stonewall. There had been riots in other gay spaces before. And there had certainly been plenty of police raids at the Stonewall in the past. But the night of June 28, 1969 was different. The anger that erupted when police attempted to arrest patrons of the Stonewall Inn that night sparked a series of riots that would mark the beginning of the contemporary LGBTQ civil rights movement.

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Conversations That Spark: Trans Activists of Color & the Struggle for LGBTQ Equality

COMMUNITY DISCUSSION  Conversations That Spark: Trans Activists of Color & the Struggle for LGBTQ Equality

Monday, February 11  |  5:30-7:00pm
Free history exhibit at The Center on Colfax

Stonewall 50: Conversations That Spark is a series of free, monthly panel discussions meant to explore the legacy of activism that grew from the spirit of the riots at the Stonewall Inn. Topics are developed with input from community members and are open to the public.

“Trans Activists of Color & the Struggle for LGBTQ Equality” will explore the legacy of trans activists of color within the movement for LGBTQ liberation, as well as amplify the work local trans people of color are currently doing in our community. This panel will feature local black trans activists discussing their vital work, the issues they see as important to the trans community, and actions that all LGBTQ people and our allies can take to support their endeavors.

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Artists That Spark: SAGE Open Art Studio Art Inspired by Stonewall

ART WORKSHOP –  SAGE Open Art Studio: Art Inspired by Stonewall

Thursday, February 21  |  10:00am-12:00pm
Free art workshops and an exhibit at The Center on Colfax

Stonewall 50: Artists That Spark is a series of free art workshops meant to explore the legacy of activism that grew from the spirit of the riots at the Stonewall Inn. Some of the art produced at this workshop will be selected to be exhibited in the lobby as part of a special community art show on display from May-August.

Join artist Adrienne Norris at the SAGE Open Art Studio: Art Inspired by Stonewall to help create artwork inspired by the 50th anniversary of the riots at the Stonewall Inn and the LGBTQ civil rights movement. Adri will lead a quick workshop about the history of the Stonewall riots and how the events influenced LGBTQ activism. Be inspired by what happened and the people involved. The Center will provide all materials for the workshop.

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