The Charge of the Gay Brigade at the Vietnam War Memorial

The Charge of the Gay Brigade at the Vietnam War Memorial:

The cop looked at me and sneered. Took in my outfit with its pink Queer Nation triangles and Act Up buttons.

“The memorial’s closed. You and … your kind… can come back another day.”

“No.” I stared at him without blinking, and took two steps in his direction until my nose was six inches from his. My heart started race as adrenaline flooded my body.

The cop flinched and stepped back.

“You need to move along… sir. The memorial is closed. And it’s staying closed until this event is over.”

During the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, LGBT+ Vietnam veterans encountered a police cordon around the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Rallying support, and media attention, they challenged the police and were able to visit their memorial.