But in the life of the world, it is like a drop of water in the ocean.
It was just a drop of water ago that drag queens kicked up their heels and picked up parking meters and threw things, to barricade police inside the Stonewall Inn–taunting the cops and more importantly, turning the world upside down.
We are getting ready to celebrate Stonewall 40–that moment of magic when the modern Gay Liberation movement really got going (it had already started with Harry Hay, Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, and Rev. Troy Perry, among others) at full speed. We’ve been going ever since.
Some people say the queens were angry and sad after the funeral of Judy Garland (today would be her 87th birthday); others say they had just had enough. Whatever.
I think it was God, prodding people to claim their inheritance (but then, I see God every time someone stands up for love).
Stonewall changed everything.
Watch this space for news about Stonewall 40 in Virginia — June 26-28. Its time to celebrate!
Rev. Dr. Robin H. Gorsline is President of People of Faith for Equality in Virginia, an interfaith organization of gay and straight clergy and lay people working for equality for LGBT Virginians. Read more of his thoughts on faith and spirituality on his personal blog.