On Monday, June 30, WEAA’s The Marc Steiner Show hosted a segment focusing on LGBTQ politics after the Stonewall riots in 1969. Forty-five years after New York City police conducted a raid against the gay and lesbian community at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village which sparked a riot, the panelists reflected on how the political landscape has changed.
Kate Drabinski, lecturer of gender and women’s studies and director of the Women Involved in Learning and Leadership (WILL) program participated in the discussion and said it’s also important to remember the influence events before Stonewall had on LGBTQ politics.
“Stonewall has been memorialized as the beginning of a movement, but in a lot of ways that movement has lost some of the original politics of the people who were there,” Drabinski said. “I think it’s important to mark were we’ve come, but also what we lose when we isolate Stonewall as the moment when everything happened.”
Other panelists in the discussion included Vann Michael, Black Transmen Inc. Maryland/DC Chapter representative, Imara Jones, economic justice contributor for Colorlines.com and Sharon Brackett, Board Chair of Gender Rights Maryland. You can listen to the full segment here.