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REMEMBERING STONE WALL

PARTICIPANTS LOOK BACK AT THE GREENWICH VILLAGE PROTESTS THAT SPARKED THE MODERN GAY RIGHTS MOVEMENT
“Statutes on the books allowed them to arrest anyone they wanted to,” says historian Martin Duberman of the NYPD (at Stonewall with patrons on June 28, 1969).

Ask any veteran of Stonewall—the 1969 uprising that gave birth to the modern gay rights movement—about the events of that fateful night in New York City, and odds are he’ll talk about the pain of life back then first. “It was against the law to be homosexual,” recalls Joel Snyder, who was 23 and fresh from three closeted years in the Army. “The police would harass you to no end.” Joe Caldiero, then 16 and a Brooklyn native, notes that “the streets weren’t

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