As police attempted to arrest patrons in the bar, a crowd gathered in the street outside, tensions mounted, and a full scale riot broke out on Christopher Street outside the bar.
A confluence of events, from the turbulent atmosphere of civil unrest that pervaded in the late 1960s, to the continued harassment of the most disenfranchised members of the gay community that made up the majority of the club’s patrons, contributed to an anarchic rebellion against outside oppression and exploitation. Several days of sporadic protests, clashes with police, and looting followed, and when the dust cleared, a single question remained: “What now?”
A year later, on June 28, 1970, Christopher Street Liberation Day marked the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots, including the first Gay Pride marches in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Within 2 years, San Francisco, Miami, and Atlanta all had Pride marches on or around the 28th of June to commemorate the uprising, and the nascent gay liberation movement. This movement differed from previous gay rights movements in not wanting to disappear into mainstream straight America, but by demanding that members of the gay community not be marginalized or forced to conform to conservative social norms, but be allowed to be who they are, as they are.
The 1970s saw a gradual cooling of some of the radical liberation aspects of the gay rights movement, in favor of a more measured, inclusion-minded approach. On June 25, 1978, the first rainbow flag flew during the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. Designed by Gilbert Baker, the rainbow flag is meant to promote community, harmony, and pride in being a member of the LGBTQ community.
The ’80s saw an uptick in activism and reaction against perceived passiveness in the face of the AIDS crisis and local and federal government failures to fund research and stop a growing epidemic that disproportionately affected the gay community. This was the era of ACT-UP and the refrain “Silence Equals Death,” and effectively marked the birth of mainstream gay political action.
In the 44 years since Stonewall, the LGBTQ movement has metamorphosed into an integral and visible part of the culture at large. Through adversity, community, action, and dialogue, we’ve come from a place where you could be arrested and brutalized for congregating with like-minded people at a bar operating expressly for that purpose, to having your rights affirmed by the highest court in the land. Over the month of June, we ask ourselves, what does pride mean, and although everyone has a unique and different answer, in the end it comes down to being able to point to yourself and honestly say, “This is me. This is who I am,” and to be comfortable with showing that face to whomever you choose to.
June is Pride Month, so we asked Stockroom founder Joel Tucker what pride means to him.
To me, PRIDE Month is about acceptance of and appreciation for human diversity. I want other people to accept and respect my quirks and differences, so I tolerate theirs. Everyone should be free to pursue their own desires and dreams as long as they do not do harm. I started our company in that spirit, and I feel we have stayed true to those ideals.
-Joel Tucker Founder/CEO, The Stockroom, Inc.
Now tell us in the comments what pride means to you!
All hands on deck! It’s time to honor one of our favorite topics- SELF-LOVE!
May is National Masturbation Month and in celebration of you and YOURS, Stockroom is observing this fantastic holiday by offering you a plethora of good times all month- including great discounts on a variety of sex toys for both men and women, sex toy giveaways, tips from expert guest bloggers, video reviews, and more!
Shop our Masturbation Month Sale for everything you need to love yourself in all the right ways- vibrators, cock toys, dildos, lube and more, all discounted at up to 50% off!
Joanna Angel stopped by the Stockroom retail store in Silverlake recently. The punk princess of porn was picking out wardrobe and toys for a new production that she is starring in, and judging by the goodies she took with her she’ll be exploring the erotic side of dominance and submission, with a little bondage for good measure. Step inside the dressing room with Joanna Angel as she laces up a stiff Stormy Leather corset and slips in to a shiny slave collar and tight leather armbinder in preparation for her submissive adventures. The look in this sassy little spitfire’s eye says it all!
Photo credit: Athena Fatale
After serving the fetish community for 25 years with top quality BDSM gear and sex toys, innovating new designs and pushing boundaries, we are proud to unveil The Permanence Retreat, a destination resort for those seeking the next step in your journey towards complete subservience and making your permanent chastity fantasies come true.
For full press release, read more: Continue reading Announcing Our Exclusive New Permanence Retreat!
Who doesn’t love getting personal mail? Whether it’s a love letter, care package, or birthday card, there’s something special about opening the mailbox and seeing something someone took their time and attention to craft, seal, and send just for you!
Here at The Stockroom, we’re no different. From the moment our mail gimp squats to grasp the morning’s letters between his cheeks, until the last packing-ponygirl is returned to her stall at the end of the day, postal matters are on our mind. Every so often, an item of note crosses our collective desk, and we’d like to share a little of that letter-love with you!
The following drawings come from a dedicated printmaker and admirer. We like them so much, we put them on our wall, and we love them so much, we just had to share them. Enjoy!
If you have any letters, drawings, stories, etc that you’d like to share with us, we’d be more than happy to receive them! Send all mail here:
2807 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(click the images to see them full size)
As we prepare to watch the ball drop and ring in yet another year full of deviant possibilities, we thought it might also be nice to take a look at some of our favorite products that have come into our lives and into our bedrooms this past year. We hope you love them as much as we do and we look forward to bringing you even more tantalizing toys and gear in 2013!
In no particular order, here are our Top 12 picks for the items that captured our heart!
When it comes time for toe-curling solo adventures, the less knob turning and dialing tweaking needed the better while still maintaining the best in sexual technology. This is why we love the Minna Ola. All that’s needed is the squeeze of a hand to make its engine roar and your kitten purr.
We are definitely fans of a kiss that leaves you tingling and this exhilarating attachment for the KinkLab Neon Wand does just that, turning your every touch and caress into a jolting experience!
Sex & Metal Severe Pinwheel:
Some of the sexiest and most desirable pleasure devices are forged from the designs of medieval torture items and the Severe Pinwheel definitely falls in that category. The needle-sharp barbs and durable metal construction bring a delicious sense of danger to your sensation play (it also works as an e-stim toy with the Power Tripper!)
We believe that sometimes an inch can go a mile and this smooth silicone finger extension toy designed especially to stimulate the female g-spot does just that. This toy is guaranteed to make your 2 finger position really hit the spot.
Sex & Metal Secretary Yoke:
Versatility is the name of the game with this dungeon instrument, combining four restraint staples into an interchangeable unit for one seriously sexy, sturdy steel implement.
Well of Misery Ball Stretcher:
Cold steel and unforgiving bolted grips give this ball stretcher a stern and unique brutality that we simply love! The Well of Misery boasts attractive & adjustable weighted rings that hold snug & fast around the testicles, giving you an exciting range of sensual, to painful possibilities
The strong suction of these twistable cups creates an irresistible force to stimulate your nipples, neck, or any other sensitive place you can think of!
French Military Gas Mask
Nothing gets our hearts (& other parts!) throbbing like a little authentic role play. Try a “Behind Enemy Lines” French Resistance scenario, or a post-doomsday bunker scene!
Latex Executioner Hoodie
Be the talk of the track meet when you show up in this unique top! Somewhere between fetish and fitness lies this sporty rubber number; its freshness and playful panache land it on our favorites of 2012 list. Don’t forget the matching track pants!
Hammerhead Masturbator Attachment
We’ve been aching to get something especially the boys with our VibeRite(R) Personal Massager, and this soft sleeve fits the bill (and your junk) perfectly! Now everyone can play!
Heavy Duty Steel Wrist Cuffs
Our New Year’s Resolution was to beef up our selection of steel bondage restraints, and we’re very impressed with these heavy duty offerings. In addition to the exquisite design, we’re in love with the Allen wrench fasteners, leaving the worries of lost keys and embarrassing locksmith calls forever behind us.
No one should be surprised when they see this on our coffee table or nightstand – We’re all mesmerized by the audacity and flawless execution of the most brilliantly filthy gay men’s magazine in history.
From all of us at Stockroom, have a wonderful, decadent & safe New Years Eve & 2013!
Along with the traditional elements such as sucking down eggnog and creating elaborate contingency diagrams for avoiding awkward exchanges with your relatives at family get-togethers, the holiday season is also about giving to your loved ones to show that you care and stuffing their stockings with something special…but where to begin?
We’d love to help you figure out how to find that perfect gift for that perfect person, so we’ve put together a collection of items sure to put a twinkle in the eye of the ones you adore.
Corporal Punishment was always a loose cannon. That’s why the brass left him to die in a tiger cage somewhere in the Samangan Province of Afghanistan. But he came back, and now he’s here to dispense justice with the aid of his trusty Fuck Saw and other implements of militant sexuality. Will his enhanced interrogation methods give him the response he craves – or can you resist his efforts to break you?
• Fuck Saw
• Prisoner Belt
• Rubber Muir Cap
• Rattan Cane (On Sale Now!)
Candy is dandy- so why not give your lover a treat? Turn the lights down low, get the sexy silk linens out of the closet, pour yourself a nice glass of Courvoisier and you’re in for a sticky sweet night of fun.
• Patent Leather Bow Restraint (On Sale Now!)
• Jawbreaker Gag
• Body Wax Massage Candles (On Sale Now!)
Ladies, why settle for equality when you can have authority? Make him take it like a man with these tools for unleashing your inner goddess, whom, after centuries of subjugation, is doubtless in the mood for a little tussle.
• Expert Guide to Pegging DVD
• Ball Buster Paddle
• Bend Over Harness Kit (On Sale Now!)
Dashing through the snow in nothing but a smile is one creative way to enjoy some holiday CBT cheer, but your neighbors might not be super thrilled. Might we instead suggest keeping warm indoors by the fire and playing with these stern cock and ball toys. These items will grip you vice tight with pleasure, instead of the cold steel of the policeman’s handcuffs as you get carted away for public indecency over a “snow-related misunderstanding”
• Silicone Stud Lasso (On Sale Now!)
• Well of Misery (On Sale Now!)
• Torquemada Ball Crusher
Worried your slave might wander into the night and get taken to the stray sub’s den of inequity, adopted by some other mistress or master for their holiday harem? Make them jingle all the way with these melodious accessories. And remember, every time your slave gets a swat, an angel gets its wings.
• Nipple Clamp w/ Bell
• Metal Anklet w/ Slave Bells
• Dancer’s Waist Chain w/ Slave Bells
Stockroom/Syren is hosting a free BDSM 101 workshop on Wednesday, November 7 from 7:30-9:30 pm at 2811 West Sunset Blvd. in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles (next door to the boutique). If you’ve caught “50 Shades” fever and want a hands-on introduction to the practices of bondage and play; please join us for a fun and informative evening.
**NOTICE: The workshop will be taped for an E! Network special about BDSM, so you must be willing to be on camera. Please RSVP with a very short description of yourself (name, age, line of work, background) to: KSunYu@comcastnets.com or Caitlin.Zimmer@comcastnets.com.
Facilitated by James Ross –
The 1st steps into BDSM are often the most frightening and the most exciting many people experience. How does one gain the confidence necessary, while still enjoying the novelty of it all? Bondage – Discipline, Dominant – Submissive, Sadism – Masochism. This class is designed for beginners and offers you an opportunity to explore (either as Top, Bottom, or both) many parts of the wide spectrum that is Safe, Sane, & Consensual BDSM. Accomplished players will also be able to learn safety aspects of play they may never have experienced.
Master James Ross
James Ross is a classically trained lifestyle dominant male Leatherman who’s been in the scene since 1977. Trained as a slave and progressing from that to trainer, he is now a Master with slaves and submissive of different sexualities.
EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS AND COMMUNITY SERVICE:
• Presenter for AIDS Committee of Toronto’s Safer SM Project 1995-99
• Panel Member Thunder in the Mountains Denver, CO 1999
• Volunteer Dungeon Master – Mister Toronto Leather 2000
• Presenter and Panel Member at Masters and slaves Together in Atlanta, GA 1999
• Volunteer Living in Leather Fort Lauderdale, FL 1999
• Presenter at Rio Grande Leather, Albuquerque, NM 2005, 2009
• Presenter El Paso, TX 2000-2006
• Presenter Los Angeles, CA 2007-Present
• Co-Founder LA Kink Exploration Society Los Angeles, CA 2008
• Member of Lair de Sade, Los Angeles, CA 2007-Present
• Mentor Garden of Heathens Los Angeles, CA 2010
• Attendee of Leather and Kink events since 1994 across North America
Percussion/Impact Play, Single Tail, Rope Bondage, Leather Restraints, Nipple Training, Penetration, Anal Toys, Vibrators, Orgasm Training, Master/slave, & Leather Lifestyle
All attendees of the workshop will receive 15% off in-store purchases* and have the opportunity to receive a guided tour of the Stockroom/Syren facilities!
*Some restrictions apply. In Store Discount good for registered class attendees only on Nov 7, 2012. Some items may not be eligible for discounts.