The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware will show the PBS documentary “Stonewall Uprising” at 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 7, at UUSD, 30486 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Lewes.
The screening commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, considered to be the catalyst for gay political activism. A facilitated discussion will follow the screening, which is free and open to the public.
The uprising occurred when police raided a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, N.Y., on the early morning of June 28, 1969. At that time, homosexual relations were considered illegal in most of the nation. Police regularly raided gay establishments. That night, rather than fleeing, the patrons fought back. The riots outside lasted for several days and inspired the formation of several gay rights organizations, which ended up in setting into motion a new nondiscriminatory trend in government policies, and helped educate society regarding this significant minority.
Susan and Mac Goekler are UUSD’s Social and Environmental Justice Committee co-chairs. Susan said, “Our faith calls us to respect the inherent worth and dignity of all persons. Unitarian Universalists have been on the forefront of working for all people having equal rights. The uprising that occurred at Stonewall 50 years ago ignited a movement. The film is an important reminder that social change does not just happen; it often takes a spark followed by a lot of work.”