Stonewall in Cville: A Year of Celebration & Memory, National & Local

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Stonewall. It’s a word many in the LGBTQ community know, if vaguely. Many in the mainstream community have even less familiarity with this event — although many hail it, accurately or not, as the inception of the modern gay rights movement.

This year, 2019, marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. What does it mean to us in this time and place?

From Stonewall to Charlottesville

Stonewall and the movement that followed it had ripple effects of change throughout the world. But the LGBTQ community has been surviving and thriving in Charlottesville long before that. And the shifts towards civil rights, inclusion, and acceptance that have occurred here in Central Virginia since Stonewall happened because of people who, whether or not they were born here, decided to make this place home.

Who were they? What happened here? How did the gay rights movement find its way here? What does it mean for our community now?

Cville Pride and partners have joined together to begin recovering, unearthing, and discovering the answers to these questions. Throughout 2019, we’ll be telling both national and local stories of the LGBTQ experience through art, film, discussion, books, and other events.

Drag Workshop

June 10 @ 4:00-7:00pm, Performance 7:00pm-7:45pm

Northside Library

Learn the history and culture of drag firsthand from drag queen extraordinaire Dreama Belle. Once you’ve donned your full makeup, get ready to strut your stuff in a small performance! Bring your fiercest outfit, and we’ll provide the make up and expertise. Ages 10-18. Required registration begins May 27. Register online at or call 434.973.7893. 

Inedible Jewelry: Rainbow Lollipops 

June 13 @ 6:00-8:00pm

Northside Library

Miniatures artist Jessica Partain will cover basic techniques in working with polymer clay to make food items and turn them into earrings or necklaces. At this session you’ll make rainbow lollipops, just in time to show your pride in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Ages 12-Adult. Required registration begins May 30. Register online at or call 434.973.7893.

Stonewall 50th Anniversary: Film & Discussion

Thursday, June 20 at 6-9pm

Northside Library

Join us as we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a pivotal event in the gay rights movement. The PBS documentary Stonewall Uprising will be screened followed by a discussion with members from the University of Virginia LGBTQ Center’s Speakers Bureau. Film rated PG-13.