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I don't get it you know I've really got into it this time I never cry I hate that Oh no it's wonderful I'm very glad to do it I'm very glad it's catharsis you know you know it's still part of my life it's been a while but I'll never shake it and so it's nice to refiltrate it's nice to relive it it's part of me it's not like over oh no no I mean if that reminds you something you once
talked a day and about that like did it read you with any fears so let's say right now tonight you were to go into a bar and like the lights booked on us do you have any sort of flashback feelings did it affect you or strength no no more fear no there was no more fear even that second break in in Stonewall when they broke the door down and they closed the door of the bar and they said it's gonna be a raid become we were all at the bar and I watched the door start to give and the bar wouldn't bar break and I felt you know I knew it was like that night then or when the first people saw that and they came in and they they just questioned us they did let us go I had ID and my two friends didn't have ID but I told the police officer that these people were with me and if not you can call my father and my father knew any other name was mentioned to go along with it and you know my father would speak for me and then said all right go so we're talking roughly how many did can you just tell me
in words like after the first thing I went back a few days later yes it wasn't maybe a week later I don't remember I just remember saying oh no like again but only it was worse for me because it was like we're only a few people well we're really all gonna get arrested it's not a way like we're gonna run out but nothing no I don't know who they arrested I don't know I don't know what inside inside someone said at the end of the bar was deeper in the bar it's a raid they put the bottle down like that it's a raid and they closed the door with a wooden bar and I was looking at the door and it was being forced and then nobody said anything we all looked until the bar broke and then they came in and my two friends were very scared I was yes I was a little nervous and they came over and I had ID and they said these are my friends and you can call our parents my parents and he'll voucher my friends my father will I gave my
name please take it down I told him and he was like I really surprised at that he said all right go and I didn't look back I mean I left with I think we went to the Sheridan Park I don't know what happened it was nothing big but it was that feeling of being in there and I really watching the door and focusing that's what was awful I hated to be the first person that night at the Stonewall to see the door start to come in you know give no to expand could you say when that was you know I was at the Stonewall it was a few about a week or five or six days after the main riot and I went into Stonewall just thinking how nice it would be to go in there after it you know and it was sort of like late afternoon and there weren't many people and it would sort of be fun or wasn't okay yes
it was a meltdown of all of us but a new synthesis we were literally like like that which in us mounting but we we weren't witches we came back we re-centercised we reformed we re-birth and do you when there are other things just touching on like the climate of the time other things did hair play a
part in the consciousness the boys in the band were there other sort of boys in the band was a very important play it was important because it made us realize what we were starting to look like it was extremely popular within no time it was not popular at all we had passed that it was a great play that I never look back on because we passed that point self-hate the self-hate wasn't there anymore for a lot of us after Stonewall but there was some you said go it was expressed in the boys in the band yes I mean show me a happy homosexual and I'll show you a cadaver or something there were many lines like that or like they you know there's a lot of self-hate in that play it was just so nice to see ourselves depicted in any which way see we were grubbing for straws was it all thank God
American Experience
Stonewall Uprising
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Interview with Martin Boyce, 4 of 4
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In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. Such raids were not unusual in the late 1960s, an era when homosexual sex was illegal in every state but Illinois. That night, however, the street erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations that lasted for the next six days. The Stonewall riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.
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In this interview, Martin Boyce discusses homophobia and oppression in the 1950's and 1960's, as well as LGBTQ culture at the time. Topics include early gay cultural icons and literary figures; cruising, drag, and bar culture in Greenwich Village; and police brutality and bar raids. Boyce also discusses his personal experience at Stonewall and the impact and legacy of the uprising.
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Interviewee: Boyce, Martin
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