Stonewall: 50 Years in the Fight for Equality
Friday, May 10 from 6 pm – 8 pm
7 pm Special guest, Mark Segal, Stonewall Veteran, author, and activist will give an exhibition talk about the Stonewall Uprising
Free to attend. Suggested donation $5.
At 7 pm, special guest Mark Segal, Stonewall Veteran, author, and Grand Marshall of the Stonewall 50 Pride March will talk about his experiences at the Stonewall Uprising and the founding of the Gay Liberation Front, and Gay Youth, in the days following the riots. Coincidentally, the opening of this exhibition coincides with the date when Mark Segal moved to New York City…about six weeks before the Stonewall Uprising, which would change his life forever.
Fifty years ago, the Stonewall uprising, also referred to as the Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the LGBTQ community against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. The event is widely considered to constitute the most pivotal events leading to the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States. In 2019, the world will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of those groundbreaking moments in LGBTQ history and SNMA presents a look at 50 years since the six day uprising that June. Take a look back at this moment in LGBTQ history and how it was a catalyst that shaped the fight for LGBTQ human and civil rights for decades to come. On exhibit until August 4, 2019.
Jim Stepp & Peter Zimmer Fund at Our Fund Foundation
Funding Arts Broward and Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
About Mark Segal
Walter Cronkite called him a brilliant friend, Hillary Clinton told him he was more tenacious then her, and Barack Obama just felt that they needed to sit down and talk, and they did. But most in the LGBT refer to Mark Segal as the dean of American gay journalism. Respected by his peers for pioneering the idea of local LGBT newspapers, he is one of the founders and former president of both The National Gay Press Association and the National Gay Newspaper Guild.
In the radical days of New York in June 1969 and the beginnings of the militant gay movement, Mark was one of the four members of the Action Group that organized demonstrations for three nights after the infamous Stonewall Riots. His personal accounts of that night appear in numerous history books. He immediately joined forces with others to create the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) which signified the new radicalization of the gay community in New York. At the age of 18 he was the youngest of the pioneers, and as such within a year founded Gay Youth, the nation’s first organization to deal with the issues of gay teens and endangered LGBT youth. He was 19, President of Gay Youth, and a major force in GLF NY.
Wanting to take the community out of isolation, Segal then created the Gay Raiders in order to take the fight national. The Raiders’ campaign against the television networks changed America and the gay Rights struggle. Before Act Up, GLAAD, Will & Grace, Roseanne or Ellen DeGeneres, Segal was America’s first gay television superstar. Segal understood the power of media, and realized the LGBT community being created was one of isolation and invisibility. He believes to this day that educating the masses brings equality. The pivotal point of that campaign to end media silence came when Segal disrupted the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, an event covered in newspapers across the country and viewed by 60 percent of American households, many seeing or hearing about homosexual rights for the first time. Read more.