The Stonewall riots are one of the major milestones in queer history. The Stonewall Inn was a bar in the Greenwich Village area of New York, frequented largely by the poorest members of the LGBT+ people in the area. The police had a long history of conducting violent raids on the Inn and harassing the LGBT+ clientele. On 28th June 1969, the police once again entered the Stonewall Inn, with the intent of shutting it down permanently. They began to arrest people in the bar, but met resistance.
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10 years on from the publication of the Saville report – we republish this article written for The Socialist at the time.
Writing at the beginning of April about the legal changes on the issue of abortion, we warned “the indications are that Stormont politicians, instead of making basic healthcare more easily accessible, are pushing back against the recent changes.” Unfortunately, this was confirmed earlier this week, when a majority of MLAs voted in favour of the DUP motion to reject the “imposition of abortion legislation” from Westminster.
Reviews tend to over-focus on either the micro-detail of the relationship between the two protagonists, or the capital ‘P’ Politics (or lack thereof) in both works.