Main | Friday, May 22, 2009

White Nights Riot: 30th Anniversary

Thirty years ago last night, in the largest violent disturbance in the history of the LGBT movement, thousands of gay people rioted in the streets of San Francisco after Supervisor Dan White was given only a 7-year sentence for the murder of Harvey Milk. After the crowd burned more than a dozen police cruisers in front of City Hall, dozens of SFPD officers retaliated by storming Castro gay bars and beating patrons. Today would have been Milk's 79th birthday.

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