“To be with all these people, all these brothers and sisters, to see everybody united on one front, was beautiful, it was really beautiful. I was no saint. I wanted to do every destructive thing that I could think of at that time to hurt anyone who had hurt us over the years. A lot of blood was shed, but people stood. They decided that they were going to fight back, that nothing was going to stop them. I got knocked a coupla times. I got it across my back, across my legs, but I kept coming back for more and more. Everybody kept coming back for more. Even people that were covered in blood kept coming back for more. They said, “No. We’re not giving up.” And that’s what made the night beautiful: nobody was afraid. Nobody was afraid that night to die: (pg. 76).
-Sylvia (Ray) Rivera
I fell like this is a very impactful profile and a very impactful quote because it goes to show how driven people can be to stand up for what they believe in. There’s so much irony in this quote because of course this wasn’t a beautiful night; there was an all-out brawl that involved blood shed but what Sylvia was saying they all come together and was giving it their all to fight for what was right. I think that people are much more understanding in today’s culture and are more accepting of others but I believe that has everything to do with people not accepting not being accepted. People are standing up for what and who they want to be and if others don’t agree with it then that’s their choice but it’s not going to change who that person is. It almost comes to a point where people would rather just go with it then fight it. I believe that this is a change for the better and that its healthy for everyone to be who they are or want to be and not have to worry about being judged or ridiculed. As long as they find supporters or a community for which they can relate and be a part of.
This issue makes me wonder if homosexuals feel that since this movement, they feel more accepted by society. Are they still struggling to fit in with everyone and not just other homosexuals? It's great to have a group of people or a community that accepts you, but sometimes that just isn't enough.