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Stonewall Riots Survivor to Speak at Fleming College


Peterborough, ON – (April 14, 2023) – A survivor of the Stonewall Riots will be at Fleming College sharing the story of his involvement in of one of the most pivotal actions in queer/trans history.

Martin Boyce will be speaking and answering questions in Fleming College’s Whetung Theatre at the Sutherland Campus on April 18, 4 – 6 p.m.

The Stonewall Riots were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the gay community in response to a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. Patrons of the Stonewall, other Village 2SLGBTQ+ bars, and neighbourhood street people fought back when the police became violent.

The riots are widely considered a watershed event that transformed the gay liberation movement and the twentieth-century fight for 2SLGBTQ+ rights in the United States and in Canada.

This presentation will also include performances by Peterborough artists Betty Baker and Evangeline Gentle.

Information tables and exhibits featuring the history of Stonewall and the 2SLGBTQ+ Rights Movement in Canada will be on display in the Main Foyer from 3 – 6 p.m.

This event is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.

You can register for a ticket here on the Day of Pink website. You may choose free tickets or select an option for $5, $15 or $30 tickets, with funds donated to Day of Pink.

This public event is taking place in partnership with Day of Pink International and their Stonewall 50 Across Canada Tour.

The members of the media are welcome to cover the event. Anyone wishing to do so can contact Communications Officer Sarah Deeth at sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.

For more information, please contact:
Sarah Deeth
Communications Officer
705-749-5530 ext. 1161

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