Contesting Places, Spaces, and Stories
Edited By Ahmet Atay, Yea-Wen Chen and Alberto González
5. (Mis)Remembering Stonewall: Narrative Authority and the American Monomyth in Queer Public Memory
James Madison University
BERNADETTE MARIE CALAFELL
SPENCER B. MARGULIES
University of South Florida
“And so don’t ever think that if there were no Stonewall that it would just be like it is Now. Because it was a horrible world before that. We were all runaways and some of them were 14 years old. Some people had scalding water thrown on them by their parents. People that couldn’t go back home no matter what. And couldn’t go back to school no matter what. And that group of people was the catalyst in the riot. It was the street kids who had nothing to lose. That were the force that got it going” (Kasino, 2012, 16:28–16:45).
“The girls, we had had enough. It was just a momentary thing, no one planned anything there was no pre-rehearsal or getting together ― when this happened it simply exploded. The sad thing about all of that was that the gay and lesbian community took that away from us and just completely whitewashed us into the background as if we didn’t exist and weren’t there … Like that stupid movie that they made! I mean, he [the main character] was really pretty but he wasn’t wearing no dress!” (Nicohls, 2016a, para. 10).
Stonewall (2015), directed by Roland Emmerich and released in 2015, based on the events of the 1969 Stonewall riots in New...
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