2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and birth of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement. On this International’s Women’s Day, we want to take a moment to honour one of the founding mothers of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement, Storme DeLarverie.
On the night of the riots, Stormé DeLarverie was hit on the head with a billy club and handcuffed. She was bleeding from the head when she brazenly turned to the crowd and hollered, “WHY DON’T YOU DO SOMETHING!?”
Stormé never sought to take credit for spurring a historical movement. But many recall her call to arms , and the powerful words she shouted with all her might that incited the Stonewall riots.
So thank you Stormé and to all the incredible women over the years who have fought, and continue to fight for LGBTQ+ rights.