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Stonewall veteran recalls gay riot


In the early hours of June 28th 1969, gay patrons of the Stonewall Inn bar in Greenwich Village New York fought back for the first time against a police raid.

The Stonewall Riots lasted for five nights. They are seen today as the catalyst for the growth of the global gay liberation movement.

Forty years on, the BBC's Philippa Thomas talked to one of the rioters, Martin Boyce, about his memories of the night it started.


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