Greetings. Has anyone been listening to the radio? Has anyone heard anything other than an MJ song? That's cool. He made a monumental contribution to popular music. He changed popular music as we know it and changed how we view popular music. That will probably last until the end of time. Something else monumental occurred on this day in 1969. The Stonewall riots marked the beginning of the gay liberation movement on this day in Greenwich Village in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28. Gays and Lesbians finally fought back against a government-sponsored system that persecuted homosexuals in the United States and around the world.When the first patrol wagon arrived, an inspector recalled that the crowd—most of whom were homosexual—had grown to at least ten times the number of people who were arrested, and they all became very quiet. Confusion over radio communication delayed the arrival of a second wagon. The police began escorting Mafia members into the first wagon, to the cheers of the bystanders. Next, regular employees were loaded into the wagon. A bystander shouted, "Gay power!", someone began singing "We Shall Overcome". The crowd reacted with amusement and general good humor mixed with "growing and intensive hostility". Then an officer shoved a transvestite, ( bad move beatch) who responded by hitting him on the head with her purse as the crowd began to boo. Living and socializing in secret changed that day although there are still many haters out there, unfortunately. In 2009 we still deal with bigotries of race, religion, belief systems and more. All I can say is, hang with those who share your beliefs no matter their color, creed, orientation and keep a pocketbook handy just in case. I am off to help a friend have a house sale before I work in my shop today. Keep the music going, keep your eyes and mind open and don't take any unnecessary s&it from anyone. Have a great day. Today's photo is of 'Bamboo Trays' good for serving cocktails and snacks inside or out, whther you are inside or 'out'.
"My cousins gay, he went to London only to find out that Big Ben was a clock." Rodney Dangerfield