LGBTQ news coverage still evolving 50 years after Stonewall
NEW YORK (AP) — Fifty years after the Stonewall uprising that galvanized the LGBTQ rights movement, media treatment of the groups have changed — and is still changing.
Some of the coverage of the rioting outside the New York City gay bar in 1969 is unimaginable today in mainstream publications for its mocking tone.
It was itself a source of the fury that led Stonewall to become a synonym for the fight for gay rights.
Before Stonewall, mainstream media coverage of gays was generally nonexistent or consisted of negative, police blotter items.
Media consultant Cathy Renna says that “the progress has been extraordinary, with the caveat that we still have a lot to do.”