It is time for riots in Istanbul!
The Stonewall Inn was a gay bar in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. Early on the morning of Saturday June 28, 1969, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people rioted following a violent and abusive police raid on the Stonewall Inn. The riots took place on the Christopher Street. That is the reason why the Gay Pride Parade is also known as Christopher Street Day!
On November 2, 1969, Craig Rodwell, his partner Fred Sargeant, Ellen Broidy, and Linda Rhodes proposed the first gay pride parade to be held in New York City by way of a resolution at the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations meeting in Philadelphia:
„We propose that a demonstration be held annually on the last Saturday in June in New York City to commemorate the 1969 spontaneous demonstrations on Christopher Street and this demonstration be called CHRISTOPHER STREET LIBERATION DAY. No dress or age regulations shall be made for this demonstration.
We also propose that we contact Homophile organizations throughout the country and suggest that they hold parallel demonstrations on that day. We propose a nationwide show of support.“
Thousands of men and women gathered in Istanbul’s historic Taksim Square on Sunday August, 28, 2015 for the annual Christopher Street Parade. They were attacked by police using water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas!
On Christopher Street Day, protest against violent oppression was met with riots and violence. That’s apparently what the Istanbul police are asking for. And they should get it!
The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Istanbul should no longer hold a parade remembering the riots on the Christopher Street, they should carry out a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender riot to be remembered!