NYPD leaders have expressed some regret before about the events at the Stonewall, but until Thursday, they stopped short of a formal apology. View author archive email the author follow on twitter Get author RSS feed. Sex workers were integral to the original Stonewall riot, and many who work in the underground industry today are queer and trans people who have reported suffering violence, arrests and harassment at the hands of police. Last year, a black trans woman protesting the police killing of unarmed Stephon Clark was arrested by Sacramento police and thrown in the male section of the county jail. When he first heard about GOAL in the academy, he thought it was an elaborate ruse to figure out which cops were gay so they could be fired. Opposition to law enforcement marching in Pride parades is not new, but has intensified this year as the festivals have adopted themes honoring the anniversary of Stonewall, the LGBT rebellion against police abuses that led to the first Pride march and cemented June as Pride month around the globe.
At the time of the Stonewall riots, homosexuality was considered perverted, pathological and even un-American.
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