Revel & Riot is an LGBTQ-run non-profit making art & graphics with a message.
We use the t-shirt as a canvas to promote LGBTQ equality, pride, visibility and justice.
Stonewall 50th anniversary tshirt!
In the early hours of June 28, 1969, there was a raid on The Stonewall Inn in NYC. Fed up with police violence and incessant persecution, people inside the illegal gay bar refused to show their IDs or identify their gender. Those who evaded arrest began gathering outside the bar. Soon a crowd had formed, people shouted “gay power!” and sang “We Shall Overcome.” Pennies and beer bottles were thrown at the cop cars. Of those arrested, butch lesbian, woman of color, Stormé DeLarverie fought back. She complained that her handcuffs were too tight, was beaten in the head with a billy club, then bleeding, shouted to her fellow gays: “do something!” The explosion of protest that followed forever changed the LGBTQ community – the Stonewall Uprising was the start of the modern day gay rights movement.
It’s all fun and gay ’til someone loses their rights” is about the precarious state of LGBTQ civil rights in the USA and other so-called democratic societies. Rights we fought for can be taken away by bigoted politicians, political games, and the ignorance of general public – and it is happening NOW. We cannot take equality for granted.
May 2, 2019