Stonewall Veterans Discuss LGBT Rights In Greenwich Village
The Stonewall Veterans’ Association met in Greenwich Village Saturday night, ahead of the city’s annual Gay Pride March.
Founded in 1969 in the aftermath of the Stonewall Rebellion, the group has worked to to gain respect and equal rights for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
Civil rights attorney Hal Weiner, the group’s former legal advisor, says the fight continues with a push to pass anti-bullying legislation.
“Gay, and transgender and lesbian youth have a multiple percentage of suicide rate for the misery thats caused to them. It’s tough enough to be a straight teenager — it’s pure hell being a gay teenager, or a transgender teenager,” said Weiner.
The annual Pride March began as a gay rights demonstration in 1970 commemorating the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion.