- 1 lbs lean ground beef
- ½ lbs Italian style sausage
- 1 medium onion chopped (about ½ cup)
- 1 green pepper diced
- 1 can sliced mushrooms
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 can pizza sauce
- 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese (6 ounces)
- 4 Tbs Worcestershire sauce (low sodium)
- 4 Tbs yellow mustard
- 1 10 ounce package prepared dough** a cardboard tube of biscuits, or crescent rolls, or better yet pizza dough
"There was a very volatile active political feeling, especially among young people ... when the night of the Stonewall Riots came along, just everything came together at that one moment. People often ask what was special about that night ... There was no one thing special about it. It was just everything coming together, one of those moments in history that if you were there, you knew, this is it, this is what we've been waiting for."
"That the Annual Reminder, in order to be more relevant, reach a greater number of people, and encompass the ideas and ideals of the larger struggle in which we are engaged-that of our fundamental human rights-be moved both in time and location.
We propose that a demonstration be held annually on the last Saturday in June in New York City to commemorate the 1969 spontaneous demonstrations on Christopher Street and this demonstration be called CHRISTOPHER STREET LIBERATION DAY. No dress or age regulations shall be made for this demonstration.
We also propose that we contact Homophile organizations throughout the country and suggest that they hold parallel demonstrations on that day. We propose a nationwide show of support.”
The first Pride March was held on Sunday, June 28th 1970. Officially titled the Christopher Street Liberation Day after the street on which Stonewall and other gay bars were located, hundreds of people marched for liberation. This time not only were gays picketing, but heterosexual women and their children were there marching alongside their allies. There were public displays of ‘homosexual affection’, hand holding, and a general feeling of relentless activism. In other words people were tired of being oppressed and it was possible because of a man named Craig Rodwell who realized that his “Annual Reminder” march could segue into something bigger and better: What we know today as Pride!
Take a moment to remember, as TabooJive wrote in Stonewall: Freedom Overdue. In 1969 you could expect as a “homosexual”:
- Your name (along with all of your friends and family members) would be put on a list by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, because as a homosexual you were “prone” to blackmail and “overt acts of perversion”
- The United States Post Office also kept your name on a list to monitor any homosexual “paraphernalia” you were receiving so they could tip off the police and have you arrested
- You would be dishonorably discharged from the military, fired from your government job or job as a teacher or professor at a college if you were suspected of being gay with no legal recourse
- Your neighborhood would be “swept” periodically to arrest you and anyone else who was a presumed homosexual or wore clothes not “for” their gender
- The American Psychiatric Association classified homosexuality as a sociopath personality disturbance and you were considered mentally infirm (this did not change until 1973).
You could be arrested for holding hands in public with your partner!
These conditions did not just disappear, they were not changed overnight. It took the hard and disciplined work by heroes like Craig Rodwell and hundreds like him for us to reach the path we are on now. So lets remember them and their protests as we march this month.
Slave's pride is always reinforced by its ability to serve its Master Indy.