When I came across the original coverage of the Stonewall Riots, I expected it all to be absolutely terrible. Utterly horrendous. And it pretty much is. The New York Daily News piece isn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be, and surprisingly, isn't terribly worse than many pieces I report on now in 2014. That says more about us now than it says about 1969.
The headline is pretty awful, but unlikely to have been chosen by the piece's author, Jerry Lisker (you can read the piece in its entirety on the PBS website). Although it's possible he did write it, even today, it is fairly standard for headlines to be part of an editor's job. No, I won't pin that on Lisker. The problem with Lisker's writing, which could have been much worse, admittedly, is in the way he speaks about the identifiable members of the riot: those who are clearly gender variant. One with which he opens up his piece.