LGBTQI+ lore says it was Marsha P. Johnson, a black transgender woman, who threw the first brick at the Stonewall Inn 50 years ago, sparking the modern gay liberation movement. Whether her act of rebellion was truly the first in the rioting is debatable, but it’s undeniable she was "almost indubitably among the first to be violent," according to David Carter in "Stonewall," his 2004 book about the police raid on a New York gay bar that became a historic moment.
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