By 1969, the "homosexual" community (as the GLBTQ community was then known) was totally disgusted with this second-class status. They had helped the Black community protest for equality, the anti-war community demonstrate against the war in Vietnam and feminists causes. They were ready to strike back against injustice on their own.
They were angry, frustrated and tired. Unfortunately, the police raid against the Stonewall Inn happened to be the Bastille they rallied to defend.
Rather than fade away quietly into the night, they reacted. Their reaction created one of the pivotal civil rights and human rights movements that humanity has witnessed. A grassroots revolution that is currently underway, even today, throughout the world.
The Rainbow Flag wasn't born that night in New York City. It didn't come to symbolize the GLBTQ international community until years later. It does represent the freedom that all GLBTQ people throughout the world seek. And it is a bold and colorful reminder of what those "homosexuals" revolted against all those many years ago.
Happy Stonewall Anniversary! Happy Gay Pride!