Teenagers attack and kill Richard Heakin at Tucson's Stonewall Tavern, June 6, 1976
Backstory and Context
To learn more about the attack and the larger history of LGBTQ issues in the Southwest, please visit the virtual museum dedicated to LGBTQ history in Tucson which is linked below:
The virtual Tucson Gay Museum evolved from efforts to collect items and memories of Tucson's gay residents beginning in the late 1960s. The museum is unique because it is entirely online and features the experiences and memories of Tucson residents. Topics include a variety of events beyond Tucson, allowing the museum to incorporate local history within the larger narrative of gay rights in the United States.
The museum includes a virtual gift shop, including clothing items with the museum logo. There are also coffee cups, book bags, and aprons don the logo supporting the Tucson Gay Museum. The exhibit tags have choices spanning from “before 1700” to “2010.” The vast quantity of history is impressive. There is a “Special Collections Tab” in which one may choose to visit the “Tucson Gay (LGBT) Memorium Wall Exhibit,” “Gay Community Services (G.C.S.) Center of Tucson 1976-1984 Collection,” or another choice from the numerous available, possibly “Famous Gays In History” (Video), or “Those We Have Lost To AIDS.” (Video)