50th Anniversary of the Fire Island Trials

Dec 21, 2018

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Credit Jon Kalish for WBGO News

People often think of the the modern gay rights movement beginning in 1969 after New York activists clashed violently with police in what came to be known as the Stonewall Rebellion. But in the autumn of 1968, a series of criminal trials on Long Island demonstrated that gay men could band together to resist police harassment.

On the 50th anniversary of those trials, WBGO’s Jon Kalish takes a look back.

Click above to hear Jon Kalish's feature.