How does Stonewall Riots, Mttachine Society and the East Coast Homophile Organization led by Craig Rodwell fit into the broader movement of which it is a part?
In 1966, three members of the Mattachine Society, an early organization dedicated to fighting for gay rights, staged a “sip-in”—a twist on the “sit-in” protests of the 1960s. The trio visited taverns, declared themselves gay, and waited to be turned away so they could sue.
The June 1969 riots at New York City's Stonewall Inn marked a raucous turning point in the fight for LGBT rights. On a hot summer night in 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a bar located in New York City's Greenwich Village that served as a haven for the city's gay, lesbian and transgender community.