New York-Today Whitehall and Pearl Street are vibrant, but September 19, 1964 was quiet, and what happened at the New York crossroads gained momentum for the LGBT rights movement.
“If you go out and fight you can make a difference,” said Randy Wicker.
His jacket has a pin in honor of his late friend and activist Masha P. Johnson. It reminds us that the dispute over LGBTQ rights is not over, but that we have come a long way since September 19, 1964.
“They attacked me because they said I was implicating heterosexuals in gay protests,” Wicker said.
Later, Wicker, a member of the New York Gay Federation and the NASC Association, and the New York City Federation for Sexual Freedom staged a small protest outside the US military building on Whitehall Street in the Lower Manhattan.
They protested against the discriminatory practices of the military against LGBT people.
“They were destroying people’s lives by giving them a shameful dump,” Wicker said. “It’s like having a criminal record on file. You can’t find a job.
Pickett didn’t gain much attention that day, but he will go down in history as the first public demonstration of LGBT rights in the United States later.
Renée Cafiero was only 20 years old.
“What attracts you has nothing to do with your eligibility to serve your country,” Kafiero said.
It was a pivotal moment before the more notorious Stonewall riots of 1969.
“When you think about LGBT history and LGBT rights and liberation, a lot of people think it started with Stonewall, but it’s not fair,” said Ken Last Birder of the NYCLGBT Historic Site Project. . “There was a very active and rich organized movement that started in California in 1950 and spread across the country in various chapters of the group. Like Randy Wicker, he himself has been advocating for LGBT rights. There was one individual who was. “
Eric Cervini calls Wicker the “Crusaders” in his book The Deviant’s War.
“I think that’s right. I always tell the truth, ”Wicker said.
In 1962, he persuaded WBAI radio to allow a group of homosexuals to discuss their lives after psychiatrists discussed homosexuality as a disease. Then, in 1966, I took a sip at the Julius Bar.
“We were gay, so we didn’t want to be told we couldn’t drink at the bar,” he said.
It is a snapshot of movements that are always seeking change.
“There is still no universal law in this country to prevent someone from being fired for being gay,” Kafiero said.
Just on Coming Out Day this month, President Joe Biden said the country still had work to do, including passing equality legislation.
Meanwhile, Kafiero and Wicker said they plan to continue their business.
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