#Stonewall50 …. “🏳️‍🌈 ‘The Daily Beast’ …. The Story Continues …. 50 Years of LGBTQ Resistance 🏳️‍🌈 …. “!!

~~June 16, 2019~~ 


In May 1968, I graduated from high school. By June 1968, I was getting ready for college. The idea of being gay was far from mind except for the persistent feeling that I was ‘different’ on some way. 

In the fall of 1969, I met Maryjane. 

I still didn’t have a name. There was no east way to educate yourself or have someone else educate you on the topic. The books that were available were rare and treasured finds. 

Time went on until the inevitable was discovered and hidden for several years.

Stonewall was the last thing on my mind.

Yet, today, I’m very grateful to the trailblazers who put their lives on the line, demanding equality and respect. 


The Stonewall riots (also referred to as the Stonewall uprising or the Stonewall rebellion) were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBT) community against a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of ManhattanNew York City. They are widely considered to constitute the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States.


David Carter summarizes the history and mystery in Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution, the 2004 book considered to be the quintessential guide to Stonewall. The riots spanned six days and included three nights of so-called rioting between police and a diverse community of LGBTQ+ protesters. On the first night, the same police that had shown up to harass patrons, arrest a few gay people, and collect some cash, were overwhelmed.

They soon retreated into the very bar they had targeted and barricaded themselves inside, waiting for reinforcements to arrive and fighting off a barrage of coins, bricks, trash cans, and even a parking meter.

After help came, protesters were fought off, beaten, and a few were taken in. During those six days, police arrested 21 people. No one died during the riots – except for the Stonewall Inn itself, which soon after shut down and remained dormant for decades.

Within a matter of weeks, fallout from the riots tore through existing pro-LGBT, or – in the language of that era – homophile, organizations. Trailblazing radical groups formed with unprecedented demands for equality. Freshly minted LGBT magazines popped up, attracting tens of thousands of readers. Police raids continued, as did the abject criminality of queerness, but the breadth of resistance was increasing by the hour.

“By the early 1970’s, the number of gay and lesbian organizations soared to nearly four hundred,” historian and scholar Eric Marcus wrote in Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights. The first Pride march (on what was then called Christopher Street Liberation Day) came just one year after the riots to commemorate them.

It drew thousands across cities like San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. Protests in those same cities became “commonplace,” Marcus wrote, ranging from kiss-ins at restaurants that wouldn’t serve LGBT would-be patrons to “on-air interruptions of national news programs.”

By 1972, Democratic presidential hopefuls “spoke favorably” of federal anti-discrimination protections.

The LGBT movement had phoenix-ed nearly overnight, the Stonewall episode today widely considered “the birth of the modern gay and lesbian political movement,” Martin Duberman wrote in Stonewall: The Definitive Story of the LGBTQ Rights Uprising that Changed America. First published in 1994 (the 25th anniversary of the riots), the book’s second edition was released on June 4.

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And yet, the details of the riots and what precipitated them have become, as Carter puts it, “a bone of contention between various individuals and interest groups within and without the gay world.”

What kind of gay bar was Stonewall? What was a gay bar in 1969 like, anyway? Who went there? Who didn’t? Who protested? Who started it? Who threw the first brick? Was it the launching pad of the LGBT cause? Is it the source of capital P Pride? And what the hell is a modern political movement?

“There was no omniscient presence looking down at the scene,” Marcus told me, adding that the largely (if not wholly) anecdotal approach to deciphering Stonewall is problematic. “Memory is what we remember, how we wish to remember it, and how we wish to be remembered in it.”

And besides, Duberman tells me before laughing, “everyone was stoned.”

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‘Stonewall 50’ …. “ ‘The Daily Beast’ celebrates 50 Years of LGBTQ Resistance  …. “!!


#StonewallInn #GreenwichVillage #NewYorkCity #June28 #1969 #TheDailyBeast #Resistance #Celebrities #Pioneers #Trailblazers #History #ContinuedMyth #Icons #Quotes #Thoughts

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexachwordpress

#OnePulse …. “🏳️‍🌈 ‘We Will Not Let Hate Win’ …. #OrlandoStrong 🏳️‍🌈 …. “!!

~~June 16, 2019~~ 


It’s still to close to the heart, it’s still painful, it’s still fresh in the memory of our community.

Today I found these three videos that I would like to share with you. They say so much of what we have felt then and now. 

Remembering the 49!


On June 12, 2016, a 29-year-old security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a mass shooting inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States. Orlando Police Department officers shot and killed him after a three-hour standoff.


Forty-nine people were killed when a man opened fire with an assault-style rifle in an Orlando gay nightclub on June 12, 2016. Another 53 were injured.

It was the deadliest mass shooting by a single person in modern US history.


~~Published on Jul 12, 2016~~

Hands,” is a musical tribute to the 49 victims of the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The track features Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo, Britney Spears, Tyler Glenn, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Ty Herndon, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Kacey Musgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, P!nk, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor.

Patience Carter, Tiara Parker, and Angel Anthony Santiago, survivors of the shooting at Pulse Nightclub, appear in the lyric video.

~~Published on Sep 4, 2016~~

#Pride #WorldPride #NYCPride #WorldPrideNYC #Stonewall50 Dedicated to the Orlando Victims & Their Families.

All Sales go directly to Equality Florida Fund WE STAND UNITED

(Pride Song)

#ThreeYearsAgo #PulseOrlando #MassShooting #LatinNight #RemembmeringThe49 #ForThe49 #SayTheirNames #OrlandoStrong #Hands #PrideSong #WeStandUnited #FlyYoungRed #SydneyLGBTChoir #NeverForget #GoneTooSoon #FortyNineTimes #BrandonParsons

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexachwordpress

~~Published on Jun 17, 2016~~

“Forty-Nine Times” Words and music by Brandon Parsons

Copyright 2016

‘RUDE’ …. “🏳️‍🌈 Magic Cover …. ‘LGBTQ Version’ 🏳️‍🌈 …. “!!

~~June 16, 2019~~ 


“In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.”

~Friedrich Nietzsche~

In my view, a family is made up of different members. It begins with the commitment of two people in love who have decided to continue their journey through life together. During this process, additional members may be added: human or animal.

A family is a safe place, it’s comfort, it’s security, it’s all surrounding love … in spite of spats, issues and problems. 

With love and patience, the common goals are reached.

Where does it say that ‘a man and a woman’ have monopolized this market?


Rude” is the debut single by Canadian band Magic! from their debut studio album, Don’t Kill the Magic. It was originally released on October 11, 2013 as a promotional single and then re-released on February 24, 2014 by Sony Music Entertainment.

The official remix for the song features Kid InkTy Dolla Sign and Travis Barker on the drums.

Rude” was an international commercial success amidst mixed reception from music critics. The song peaked at number six on the Canadian Hot 100 and internationally topped the charts in the United States and the United Kingdom and peaked within the top ten of the charts in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden. “Rude” was the ninth best-selling song of 2014, with global sales of 8.6 million units, and won the Juno Award for Single of the Year.



The Brown Sisters – YouTube/Lilly27 Facebook Page


~~Published on Sep 4, 2014~~


Thank you for watching! This video was a very collaborative project – I filmed most of it at San Franciso Pride, my sister Lauren filmed all of the Viola-Krause family scenes in Oregon and emailed me the footage, and my good friend Cannon filmed me singing back in LA. Then of course Rednyc1979 was nice enough to share her channel’s wedding video with me.

My sisters and I sing together as well – check out our page: https://www.facebook.com/TheBrownSisters

#Rude #CanadianBand #Magic#MagicCover #LGBTQCover #SanFranciscoPride #HappyPride #Lilly27 #TheBrownSisters #FacebookPage #WhatIsAFamily #CommittedRelationships

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyREx #hrexachwordpress

Seeing Is NOT Believing …

SEEING IS NOT BELIEVING … ‘1984’ … ‘The Associated Press (AP) has begun a weekly feature titled Not Real News: A look at what didn’t happen this week. The purpose is to cull the fake news that has become widespread in this day of political corruption, video-doctoring, misinformation and more. I find it a sad, frustrating statement of today’s world that we need such a column, but am glad that someone is stepping up to the plate to try to call out the liars and cheats.’

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The Associated Press (AP) has begun a weekly feature titled Not Real News: A look at what didn’t happen this week.  The purpose is to cull the fake news that has become widespread in this day of political corruption, video-doctoring, misinformation and more.  I find it a sad, frustrating statement of today’s world that we need such a column, but am glad that someone is stepping up to the plate to try to call out the liars and cheats.

The first story in this week’s roundup is about a doctored video with the intent of discrediting 2020 presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden.  From the AP piece …

CLAIM: Video shows Joe Biden making a “shocking admission.” Biden’s speech also appears to be impaired in the video.

THE FACTS: Democratic presidential candidate Biden did not make any sort of admission. Rather, in the video, he was referencing comments…

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to live as men for others

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY … ‘To my many fathers and to all like them, thank you and Happy Father’s Day’ … Mike Kerrigan, from To All the Fathers in My Life, Thank You (wsj.com, June 14, 2019)

Live & Learn

Many mentors have influenced me with their muscular Christianity, but Father Byrne’s method of shaping souls was different. He drew upon St. Francis of Assisi’s maxim: “Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.” The diminutive priest was a giant in my life but made himself small so students like me would aspire, as he did, to live as men for others.

This is the phrase—men for others—that runs through my mind this Father’s Day. It’s how men like my dad and Father Byrne lived, and I’m convinced it’s critical to being a good father; indeed, a good person. Find something meaningful that is bigger than yourself and live for it, simple as that. For seeking the good of another is more than living, it is loving.

To my many fathers and to all like them, thank you and Happy Father’s Day

~ Mike Kerrigan, from To All…

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