The novelist James McCourt was at the Stonewall Bar hours before the riots broke out on June 28, 1969. He witnessed a surreal encounter between two cops and a drag queen, involving Judy Garland and a cocktail thrown in the heat of the moment.
Jimmy McCourt's Stonewall story.
As Jimmy McCourt said, "Mad Sylvia" Rivera's thrown drink was "the shot glass heard round the world."
(Stonewall protester arrested by cops.)