This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots; an event we should never forget.
Back in the fifties and sixties, it was very difficult (if not impossible) to be openly gay. Homosexuality was illegal in America and it was considered a mental illness. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association didn't remove homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses until the seventies. Gay bars were frequently raided and gay men were taken to jail in busloads. The Stonewall bar in New York City's West Village was frequently raided.