Miami Presents: The Stonewall Riots

Miami alumni and friends are encouraged to join Dr. Erik Jensen, as he covers the history of Stonewall and its impact. This webinar will be participatory, and we would love to hear from listeners about their memories from the LGBTQ+ rights movement. The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the LGBTQ+ community in response to a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Patrons of the Stonewall, other nearby lesbian and gay bars, and residents fought back when the police became violent. The riots are widely considered to be one of the most important events leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States. Dr. Jensen studies modern German and European history, with a particular focus on the society, culture, and politics of the interwar period. He published “The Pink Triangle and Political Consciousness: Gays, Lesbians, and the Memory of Nazi Persecution” in the Journal of the History of Sexuality.