Michaela Jae Rodriguez
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Beyond Stonewall: 9 Lesser-Known LGBT Uprisings

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Dewey’s Restaurant Sit-In: Philadelphia

A Philadelphia coffee shop called Dewey’s was a popular late-night hangout for young gays, lesbians, and drag queens in the mid-’60s. When the establishment started refusing service to the LGBT patrons, a protest rally ensued; Dewey’s management turned away more than 150 customers while the demonstration raged outside. Four teens refused to leave and were arrested and later convicted of disorderly conduct. Over the next several weeks, LGBT locals formed a picket line and staged a sit-in. The restaurant finally backed down and promised “an immediate cessation of all indiscriminate denials of service.” Read more here.


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