In another glaring misunderstanding of historical context, Buster Wilson of the American Family Association (AFA) said Americans should be concerned about Obama's mention of the historic Stonewall uprising because it was a "hotel full of homosexuals in 1969 that turned violent against a police raid." Wilson and other historically illiterate conservatives said the mention of Stonewall "sent shivers down the spines of a lot of people and for good reason."
Had Wilson bothered to do even a modicum of research prior to spouting off about "those violent gays" on his radio broadcast, he might realize how ridiculous he sounds. For starters, the Stonewall Inn was actually NOT a hotel; rather it was a bar where gays and lesbians could safely assemble to meet one another outside the prying eyes of the violent public that would regularly abuse and jail them for no other reason than their sexuality. Like every other gay establishment in the 1960's, the Stonewall was frequently raided by police (since serving alcohol to gays was illegal). They would fine and arrest patrons of gay bars for everything from petty offenses to offenses specifically targeted at gay men. For instance: In order to avoid the wrath of police, men and women were required to wear a minimum of four pieces of "gender-appropriate" clothing.
One night in particular - June 28, 1969 - was different though. On that night, the men and women inside the Stonewall refused the police brutality and inhumane treatment regularly heaped on the LGBT community. They fought back, and riots continued for five days thereafter. Much like Selma, Alabama is considered the birthplace of the African-American rights movement and Seneca Falls, New York the site of the first women's-rights convention, Stonewall is considered the birthplace of the gay rights movement. To misunderstand that is to grossly misunderstand history.
Here's Wilson and his mouth-foaming denigration of Obama for daring to recognize one of the LGBT community's first civil rights milestones: