Media

1969

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  • The Voice‘s circulation rises to 138,000.
  • The word gay appears for the first time in personal ads in the Voice.
  • Robert Christgau joins the Voice as music critic.
  • Mayoral incumbent John Lindsay loses the Republican primary to State Senator John Marchi. Despite not having the Republican nomination, Lindsay runs under the Liberal Party and ekes out a win to begin his second term. (The Voice endorsed Lindsay.) He later calls being mayor of New York “the second toughest job in America.”
  • Riots break out at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village, after plainclothes police officers raid the bar—arresting 13 people—on suspicion of illegal liquor sale. Raids on gay businesses were not uncommon during this time, but the violent struggle was. The Stonewall Riots are commonly viewed as the event that marked the start of the nation-wide movement for gay and lesbian rights.