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efore the Stonewall Riots of 1969, social revolution for most LGBT people meant winning the empathy of “average� Americans. Following the riots, however, it became a matter of breaking away from traditional assumptions of sexuality. Where one model depended on perceptions from the outside, the other drew on thoughtful introspection and a deeper understanding of self.

STONEWALL Urban Molecule presents

1969 STON

in retrospect

This special feature is brought to you by Urban Molecule. Urban Molecule began in 2008 as an urban art series created by New York City-based writer Christopher de la Torre. UM has since explored prominent modes of counterculture, including art, literature, film, pedagogy and cyberculture. Connect at or follow on twitter @urbanmolecule

Other original works in the Stonewall series include exclusive interviews with Founding GLF Member Karla Jay and Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin Cathcart, and original works from Photographer Ellen Shumsky (also founding GLF member), Author Kevin Kopelson and Activist Brandon Wallace. View these interviews in their entirety and the complete series online at

photo credits: Come Out! Poster, taken from the 1970 photo by Peter Hujar. Self-Portrait, 1970; photo by Steven F. Dansky. Perry Brass, 1971; photo by J. Larue. John Knoebel, Sheep Meadow NYC, 1970; photo courtesy John Knoebel.

Originally published by Connextions Magazine as a Special Feature October 25, 2012 Written by: Christopher de la Torre Republished to commerate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots 8

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