The Stonewall Rebellion of 1969 is shrouded in myth. While we may never know who threw the first brick at the Stonewall Inn, the story has been retold thousands of times: the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement began when patrons began using force against their oppressors. While this story is satisfying in many ways, we also know it didn’t end the way we wanted it to. Oppression based on gender expression and sexual preference is still rampant in 2019. If the impact of that brick has yet to be fully realized, it’s less a symbol of a bygone era and more a live bomb, full of potential in the unrealized rights and freedoms of millions of Americans. What do we do with that?
The Common Northern Raven has lived alongside us as long as our cities have existed. They too hold unrealized potential, both as keepers of our urban centers, and as master recyclers, constantly finding new uses for our throw-away items. We envision our Raven collecting the remnants of the Rebellion and building something new; a world beyond what we’ve inherited in post-Stonewall 2019. A world where we enter just the same as we leave, with the same privileges as any other person, no matter their preference, identity, or class. Our Raven is ready to build that world, and we want you there with us.
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