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Stonewall Riots Reenactment (AUDIO)

By Charlotte Robinson, June 11, 2024

This week I talked with filmmaker Kristen Lovell about the historic Stonewall Riots Reenactment that takes place on June 29th at the Stonewall National Museum, Archives & Library in Fort Lauderdale, FL. This reenactment is part of a floor to ceiling interactive Stonewall Inn Bar installation that runs now through September 2nd 2024 before kicking off a national tour. Lovell of HBO's fabulous documentary “The Stroll" currently streaming on MAX will portray Gay Liberation Activist Marsha P. Johnson for the reenactment. Johnson was one of the prominent figures in the Stonewall uprising of June 28th 1969 when police raided the establishment resulting in arrests, riots & fire sparking our global LGBTQ human rights movement. Johnson was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) & co-founded the radical activist group Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) alongside close friend Sylvia Rivera. For the first time NYC’s iconic Stonewall Inn will become a nationwide traveling time machine & the set of the historic Stonewall New York Experience reenactment on Saturday June 29th from 4:30P to 7P with local police & other community members playing a role in the reenactment. Visitors are encouraged to dress in their 1960s best & consider wearing gender bending clothing which was illegal in 1969. For over 50 years the Stonewall National Museum, Archives & Library in Fort Lauderdale has tirelessly fought to tell the stories of our LGBTQ community ensuring it holds its place in the historic record. I talked to Kristen about what she hopes to accomplish with this historic Stonewall Riots reenactment & give us her spin on our LGBTQ issues. LISTEN    

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