Members of “Lesbian Avengers” and “Stonewall Now” discuss counter activities to the mainstream 25th anniversary celebration of Stonewall—a consumer-oriented, transphobic and apolitical commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall Riots. As the 1st live Paper Tiger Television interview production, this show features Melanie Fallon and Lysander Puccio, members of Lesbian Avengers, a direct action group founded in 1992 to support lesbian visibility and survival and to confront the continual hate-crimes committed against homosexuals in the United States. The Lesbian Avengers were responsible for organizing the first annual Dyke March in Washington D.C and established the first New York Dyke March, which continues to this day. The show also features Julia Smedley, a member of Stonewall Now—a coalition of grassroots queer groups working to provide an alternative to Stonewall 25, including members of Queers United In Support of Political Prisoners, Act Up and the International Socialist Organization. Both organizations discuss actions planned to counter Stonewall 25, which reflects a limited, mainstream understanding of gay culture and politics.
1994 TRT: 28 minutes #249