How the New York media covered the Stonewall riots

By Chad Painter, University of Dayton

The Stonewall riots were a six-night series of protests that began in the early morning of June 28, 1969, and centered around the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City. Four days earlier, on June 24, 1969, the police, led by Deputy Inspector Seymour Pine, raided the Stonewall Inn and began arresting bar employees and confiscating liquor. But when Pine led a second raid on the 28th, patrons fought back. Approximately 150 people fled, regrouped on the street and stormed the bar, trapping the police inside. The protesters began throwing bricks, bottles and garbage, and attempted to set the bar on fire.

Media Matters: TV networks fail to cover administrations anti-LGBTQ actions

WASHINGTON — Media Matters, a media watchdog group, has found that despite a list of attacks on the LGBTQ community by the Trump administration in a sing week, TV networks barely covered them. Between May 22 and May 24, the administration issued rules that would allow homeless shelters to turn away transgender people, allow medical workers to use religious objections to avoid treating LGBTQ people and make it easier for religious adoption agencies not to allow LGBTQ couples to adopt. Media Matters found that from May 22 to May 31, all six networks spent a total of just over 11 minutes covering LGBTQ issues. Only CNN and Fox News did any coverage, with CNN having about seven and half minutes and Fox just under three and a half minutes. From Media Matters:
CNN discussed the topics over the span of six segments, including during an interview with trans actor D’Lo about an advertisement featuring a father showing his transgender son how to shave.

Netflix pulls out filming because of anti-LGBTQ North Carolina law

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Netflix has stopped filming in North Carolina because of a bill that bars municipalities from passing LGBTQ protections. Jonas Pate, who created the show “OBX” that was going to film in North Carolina, is still pushing for filming to be done there. From the Wilmington News-Star:
But late last year, the streaming giant seemingly passed on the state after deep negotiations because of the remnants of House Bill 2, the bathroom bill that sparked a firestorm in 2016 and pushed production companies away because of its anti-LGBTQ language. The bill was eventually repealed partially, but some pieces remain in a replacement bill called HB142. Pate said one specific piece of HB142 — a clause forbidding municipalities from passing an ordinance excluding them from the bill’s restrictions — is a sticking point for Netflix, one of the largest and most influential media companies in the world.

GLAAD: Record-high percentage of LGBTQ regular characters on broadcast TV

LOS ANGELES – GLAAD, the LGBTQ media advocacy organization, on Thursday announced the findings of its annual Where We Are on TV report. Where We Are on TV analyzes the overall diversity of primetime scripted series regulars on broadcast networks and assesses the number of LGBTQ characters on cable networks and original scripted streaming series on the services Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix for the 2018-2019 TV season. This marks the 23rd year that GLAAD has tracked the presence of LGBTQ characters on television. Read the full report here: and follow @GLAAD for infographics. The 2018 Where We Are on TV report found a record-high percentage of LGBTQ series regulars on broadcast television at 8.8% of all series regulars.