Thu 20 June
Carriageworks Theatre - The Studio
A transgender punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs. Adapted from the critically acclaimed off-Broadway rock theater hit, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a queer anthem in film, and one not to miss this Pride.
We're also commemorating the 50th Anniversary of The Stonewall, where, on 28 June 1969, policed raided the Stonewall Inn in New York City. Join this specially curated evening from the INDIs Young Programmers, and enjoy a live performance and introduction from The Witch Blair, a local Drag Queen who won the Queen Bee Leeds in 2017.
The 60s and preceding decades were not welcoming times for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. There was a criminal statute that allowed police to arrest people wearing less than three gender-appropriate articles of clothing. For such reasons, LGBT individuals flocked to gay bars and clubs, places of refuge where they could express themselves openly and socialize without worry. Engaging in gay behavior in public (holding hands, kissing, or dancing with someone of the same sex) was still illegal, so police harassment of gay bars continued.
Police raids on gay bars were frequent—occurring on average once a month for each bar. Standard procedure was to line up the patrons, check their identification, and have female police officers take customers dressed as women to the bathroom to verify their sex, upon which any men dressed as women would be arrested. Those dressed as women that night refused to go with the officers. Men in line began to refuse to produce their identification. The police decided to take everyone present to the police station, after separating those cross-dressing in a room in the back of the bar.
Fed up with constant police harassment and social discrimination, angry patrons and neighborhood residents hung around outside of the bar rather than disperse, becoming increasingly agitated as the events unfolded and people were aggressively manhandled. At one point, an officer hit a lesbian over the head as he forced her into the paddy wagon — she shouted to onlookers to act, inciting the crowd to begin to throw pennies, bottles, cobble stones, and other objects at the police.
Though the Stonewall uprising didn’t start the gay rights movement, it was a galvanizing force for LGBT political activism, leading to numerous gay rights organizations, including the Gay Liberation Front, Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD (formerly Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), and PFLAG (formerly Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).
(price includes 6% booking fee)