“It was in those nights [of the Stonewall Riots] that the words ‘gay power’ were first heard. Roberto Reyes-Colon came back every night to join in the low-intensity guerrilla warfare. Also there every night was Army Captain Jerry Rosanbalm, still on hold in Brooklyn at Fort Hamilton. The past three months had been the most painful and humiliating he had ever endured. He got the most embarrassing assignments the brass could dream up. He was put in charge of cleaning a warehouse, for example–alone. They insisted he be done with the sweeping in fifteen minutes, though it was a job that would clearly take two days. When he was not finished in the allotted time, he was written up for insubordination. He spent his days raking leaves and sweeping warehouses and waiting. No charges had yet been filed. Slowly, his humiliation was turning to anger, too.
That was why he had gone back to Sheridan Square every night, though he went with trepidation. Someone could be following him; he could be at risk here. But he could not pull himself away from what was happening. As the nights passed, Rosanbalm saw the street fights increasingly made up of radicals and antiwar activists, and Rosanbalm was neither radical nor against he war. But he still responded to what was going on here. Something was changing.”
Conduct Unbecoming: Gays & Lesbians in the U.S. Military by Randy Shilts, page 93.
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