(Ep 5) Stonewall 50: Whose Movement Is It Anyway?
June 28th 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, the wrenching demonstration against a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar and refuge for queer and trans people in Lower Manhattan. The courageous act of resistance that took place over the course of several days in 1969 is widely perceived as the catalyst to the modern LGBTQ+ liberation movement in the United States.
As Pride month reaches an exuberant crescendo this weekend with World Pride in NYC, an event that’s one part party, one part protest, questions about the trajectory, priorities, and composition of the movement persist, including how to best foreground the lives and concerns of members of the LGBTQ+ community whose experience is filtered through the interstices of more than one form of oppression.
On this episode of Intersectionality Matters, host Kimberlé Crenshaw ponders these questions with two of the movement’s torchbearers: Barbara Smith, trailblazing Black feminist critic and co-founder of the Combahee River Collective, and Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, also known as Lady Phyll, co-founder and executive director of UK Black Pride. Tune in for their fascinating insights on living in the overlapping margins of race, gender and sexuality, the future of LGBTQ activism and their commitments to retrieving the experiences of queer Black women from a location that resists telling.
NYC Trans Day of Action Friday, 6/28, 4-6pm
NYC Dyke March Saturday, 6/29, 5-8pm
Queer Liberation March Sunday, 6/30, 9-3pm
World Pride Parade Sunday, 6/30, 12pm
UK Black Pride Saturday, 7/7, 12pm
Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw (@sandylocks)
Produced and edited by Julia Sharpe Levine
Recorded by Elizabeth Press, the Sanctuary for Independent Media, and Michael Kramer
With: Lady Phyll (@msladyphyll), Barbara Smith (@thebarbarasmith), the Reclaim Pride Coalition (@queermarch)
Additional support from G'Ra Asim, Naimah Hakim, Madeline Cameron Wardleworth, Peter Gaber, Ezra Young
Barbara Smith: Where’s The Revolution?, The Nation, 1993