Here’s a link to the reprinted news articles on the Stonewall Riots first published in the Village Voice while the uprising was taking place. Warning: It was 1969 and the straight media was not adverse to using terms like “faggot,” “queer,” and “limp wristed fairies.” Gay activists marched on the Voice soon after to protest the debasing language.
Here's one of the articles:
"View from Outside: Gay Power Comes to Sheridan Square"
Sheridan Square this weekend looked like something from a William Burroughs novel as the sudden specter of "gay power" erected its brazen head and spat out a fairy tale the likes of which the area has never seen. (continued below photo)
Originally printed in the New York Times, this photo shows the Stonewall rioters at their best
The forces of faggotry, spurred by a Friday night raid on one of the city's largest, most popular, and longest lived gay bars, the Stonewall Inn, rallied Saturday night in an unprecedented protest against the raid and continued Sunday night to assert presence, possibility, and pride until the early hours of Monday morning. "I'm a faggot, and I'm proud of it!" "Gay Power!" "I like boys!" -- these and many other slogans were heard all three nights as the show of force by the city's finery met the force of the city's finest. The result was a kind of liberation, as the gay brigade emerged from the bars, back rooms, and bedrooms of the Village and became street people . . .
. . . (Ginsberg) left, and I walked east with him. Along the way, he described how things used to be. "You know, the guys there were so beautiful—they've lost that wounded look that fags all had 10 years ago." It was the first time I had heard that crowd described as beautiful. (continued below photo)
Another 1969 photo showing cops harrassing homosexuals at the Stonewall Inn
We reached Cooper Square, and as Ginsberg turned to head toward home, he waved and yelled, "Defend the fairies!" and bounced on across the square. He enjoyed the prospect of "gay power" and is probably working on a manifesto for the movement right now. Watch out. The liberation is under way.