Meet K. Stormé DeLarverie, popular drag king and a veteran of the Battle of Stonewall, and according to some, the catalyst:
a cop said to me: ‘Move faggot’, thinking that I was a Gay guy. I said, ‘I will not! And, don’t you dare touch me.” With that, the cop shoved me and I instinctively punched him right in his face. He bled! He was then dropping to the ground — not me!
According to some witnesses, this was the punch that started the rebellion against the police raid that made history almost 35 years ago.