Oddly enough, many of the revelers whooping and hollering after Cuomo signed the bill greatly resembled the cross-dressing rioters who fought with police outside the Stonewall 42 years ago.
The Stonewall Celebration
“I do! I do! I do!” the crowd shouted, led by a cross-dressing bearded man wearing a floppy had and glittery dress.
“I’m 49 years old,” said the bearded blade. “I came out when I was 18. I’ve been waiting 30 years for this.… This is like so amazingly fantastic I can’t even tell you."
“We’re here, we’re queer, we’ll be here every year!” other transvestites chanted while flitting about in circles like fairies.
Some of the transvestites appeared to be dressed in costumes, and many of the men wore wigs, veils, and flowers in their hair. Others carried bouquets.
Only the lesbians appeared more or less normal. “It means a lot. It means a lot to me. It means a lot to my family. My lesbian aunt. All of my friends. It means a lot to my parents,” one said. “I can have kids and have a family and be legal.”
“We can actually get married without going out of state,” another said. She and her partner then exclaimed, “I love you!” and kissed for the camera.
Some of the male homosexuals simply appeared effeminate, but the men prancing and dancing and wearing ladies’ accouterments reprised, at least fashion-wise, what occurred 42 years ago when cops raided the Stonewall. Transvestites went ballistic.
The Stonewall Riot
But back then, homosexual propagandists did not control newsrooms, which meant that reporters such as Jerry Lisker, of the New York Daily News, could publish a frank if sardonic account of an event like the Stonewall Riot. Police raided the joint because it was operating as a private club and serving booze without licenses.
Lisker’s piece was entitled “Homo Nest Raided; Queen Bees Are Stinging Mad.” He opened his famous account thusly:
She sat there with her legs crossed, the lashes of her mascara-coated eyes beating like the wings of a hummingbird. She was angry. She was so upset she hadn't bothered to shave. A day old stubble was beginning to push through the pancake makeup. She was a he. A queen of Christopher Street.
Lisker wrote that the “the queens had turned commandos and stood bra strap to bra strap against an invasion of the helmeted Tactical Patrol Force.”
The elite police squad had shut down one of their private gay clubs, the Stonewall Inn at 57 Christopher St., in the heart of a three-block homosexual community in Greenwich Village.
Queen Power reared its bleached blonde head in revolt. New York City experienced its first homosexual riot. "We may have lost the battle, sweets, but the war is far from over," lisped an unofficial lady-in-waiting from the court of the Queens.
After Lisker quoted one rioter as saying, “We’re putting our foot down once and for all,” he remarked that the “the foot wore a spiked heel.”
When police stormed the joint, Lisker wrote, “The girls instinctively reached for each other. Others stood frozen, locked in an embrace of fear.” Lisker reported that the exit of homosexuals from the Stonewall “took on the aura of a homosexual Academy Awards Night.”
“The Queens pranced out to the street blowing kisses and waving to the crowd,” which also describes the video of the homosexual marriage celebration. But “without warning,” Lisker wrote of the events in 1969, “Queen Power exploded with all the fury of a gay atomic bomb.”
Queens, princesses and ladies-in-waiting began hurling anything they could get their polished, manicured fingernails on. Bobby pins, compacts, curlers, lipstick tubes and other femme fatale missiles were flying in the direction of the cops. The war was on. The lilies of the valley had become carnivorous jungle plants.
Urged on by cries of “C’mon girls, lets go get ’em,” the defenders of Stonewall launched an attack. The cops called for assistance. To the rescue came the Tactical Patrol Force.
Flushed with the excitement of battle, a fellow called Gloria pranced around like Wonder Woman, while several Florence Nightingales administered first aid to the fallen warriors.
Lisker also told the tale of two “refugees from Indiana” who considered themselves “married” and “had had come to New York where they could live together happily ever after.”
While “tossing her ashen-tinted hair over her shoulder,” one of the “refugees” lamented that “this would have to happen right before the wedding” of “Eric and Jack” who were “finally tieing the knot.”
Lisker quoted a bystander who said the homosexuals “never bothered a soul” and that the police raid was “like a swarm of hornets attacking a bunch of butterflies.”
“The police are sure of one thing,” Lisker wrote. “They haven't heard the last from the Girls of Christopher Street.”
The Archdiocese of New York has not excommunicated Cuomo for his position on abortion or lifestyle. It is likely that Cuomo has incurred a latae sententiae excommunication, which means he was excommunicated when he committed the first offense that invites such a penalty.
Photo of Andrew Cuomo: AP Images