- 6 eggs
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- ½ cup milk
- 5 green onions sliced thin
- 1 tsp horseradish
- ½ cup diced ham
Same sex kissing constituted criminal “lewd conduct.” The small group of undercover cops exchange nods. Without warning, an officer seizes a kissing customer by the shoulders. “You’re under arrest!” He pushes the man to the ground. Another cop grabs the bartender. Patrons scream running for the exits. A customer reaches out to open the front door. Another one of the plainclothes officers whacks him on the head with a pool cue. Blood spurts from his ear as it splits open. Another man is flung head-first against the jukebox.
Moments later, a dozen uniformed cops from the LAPD charge into the bar, batons swinging. One patron is clubbed from behind, then kneed in the groin. Two customers run out the back door and over to the New Faces bar just across the street. A couple of plain-clothes officers followed. Just inside the New Faces, the fleeing men are tackled and thrown to the ground.
Shocked, the female bar owner comes forward. “Can I see some identification?” she asks the plainclothes officers. In response, one of the cops hits her, then shoves her to the floor. A cop seizes the bartender, Robert Haas, and yanks him across the bar. Haas is struck, dragged out onto the sidewalk, and beaten so severely that his spleen ruptures.
It was not uncommon for police to resort to violence to bust gay bars. Those faggots never fight back.
Life Magazine had reported that the LAPD often sent out police “dressed to look like homosexuals—tight pants, sneakers, sweaters or jackets” to save the city from the “aggressive” homosexuality, which was only “getting worse” because of increased “homosexual activity.”
Local businessman Alexei Romanoff was not happy. “I wasn’t at the Black Cat that night,” he said, “but within hours I heard about the raid. I was absolutely irate. I got on the phone with friends. Everybody was angry. We talked about making a plan to express our outrage.”
“Police raids at gay bars were common. So were beatings and arrests. It was really scary. We were so vulnerable. Kissing was a crime; cross-dressing was a crime. If you were arrested and identified as being gay, you could lose your job, your income, your house, your family.” “We just wanted to be left alone. But that night, something changed.” What changed was that gay people fought back. Two and a half years before the famous Stonewall riots in New York City, a group of brave LGBT's became determined to do something about it.
In response to the police raid, activists organized, on February 11, 1967, one of the earliest known demonstrations in support of LGBTQ civil rights. The incident incited a major civil demonstration of up to 600 to protest the raids.
The demonstration was planned by a group called P.R.I.D.E. (Personal Rights in Defense and Education). This was the first use of “Pride” associated with LGBT Rights. A Hollywood bar owner agreed to let P.R.I.D.E. organizers meet in the bar during hours when it was closed. A phone tree was set up, with each person calling 10 or 20 others. People were scared and feared further violence from the police. That’s why the protest didn’t happen until weeks after the New Year’s raid.