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The Ansley Raids

Stonewall was by far the event that solicited the most attention, but there were other riots and movements, including this event, The Ansley Raid, in Georgia history which occurred less than three months after the events of Stonewall.

[...]Stonewall, when it happened, had little effect on gay life in the South. It was another raid, a little more than a month later, that sparked outrage and galvanized Atlanta's LGBT communities. On Aug. 5, 1969, police raided a screening of Andy Warhol's Lonesome Cowboys at Ansley Mall Mini-Cinema. 

Georgia Public Broadcasting

"Five weeks after Stonewall, the catalyst for the GGLF was the August 5, 1969 police raid on the Ansley Mall Mini Cinema screening of Andy Warhol’s “Lonesome Cowboys”, featuring – gasp – fully naked cowboys poking around each other."

The Georgia Voice

"The raid on Ansley’s changed that. In the following months, Atlanta’s gay community mobilized. In 1970, the fallout from the raid galvanized a pair of activists—Bill Smith and Berl Boykin—to organize the Georgia chapter of the Gay Liberation Front, a nationwide gay activist network that grew out of the Stonewall Riots. They set to work registering LGBTQ voters across the state and protesting Georgia’s anti-sodomy law, which criminalized homosexual behavior (and wasn’t struck down until 1998).

Smithsonian Magazine



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