NYC cops-turned-screenwriters at work on a revisionist history of Stonewall

BY Advocate.com Editors

August 19 2003 11:00 PM ET

The New York Post's Page Six column reports that retired New York City policemen Frank Toscano and Richie Ornstein are putting together a film to be titled RMP 2499, which will take a revisionist look at the 1969 Stonewall riots, which are considered the birth of the modern gay liberation movement. The script claims that the evening's troubles began when policemen confronted a screaming transvestite outside the crowded Stonewall bar and that circumstances escalated into an all-out riot. Had the transvestite not been screaming, claims Ornstein, "there may never have been a riot." He also notes that the "NYPD vs. gays" softball game that took place a few years later proves that any tension between the two groups was eventually resolved.

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