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Metro Inclusive Health hosts intergenerational panel for community discussion

Panelists commemorate Stonewall anniversary and urge for advocacy.

Metro Inclusive Health and The Dru Project joined forces to host “Stonewall to Pulse: A Community Discussion,” which is the first-ever community-wide, intergenerational panel event featuring individuals who experienced milestones in LGBTQ+ history. 

The event was held just days before the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which occurred on June 28, 1969, after New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City. The raid sparked a riot, which transitioned into six days of protests and physical altercations with police. The Stonewall Riots will be forever marked as a catalyst for the gay rights movement.

Wanting to honor its significance with the community, Cole Foust, the LGBTQ+ division manager at Metro, assembled five panelists for the discussion, including Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the 2016 Pulse Massacre; Jason Marsden, the executive director of The Matthew Shepard Foundation; Jay Chetney, a Stonewall Riots activist; trans rights advocate Kia’la Emmons; and HIV rights advocate Stephanie Stuart. 

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