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Police Relations

The relationship between the Lynn police and LGBTQ+ people has been complex and multifaceted. Historically, LGBTQ+ individuals have faced discrimination, harassment, and violence at the hands of law enforcement agencies. Police raids on gay bars and clubs, such as the Stonewall Inn raid in 1969, often targeted LGBTQ+ establishments and communities, leading to widespread mistrust and tension between LGBTQ+ people and the police. In Lynn the experience was mixed. Some gay and lesbian owners and patrons had amicable relations with police officers, whereas others experienced surveillance, harassment, and violence.

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You had to undress for the cops.

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We had a great relationship with the police.

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Cops would beat you, gay or straight.

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The police got rough and I fought back.

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A cop beat me up at age 12.

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In progressive towns, cops have to respect gays.

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One mean mother cop beat me up.

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Constantly arresting the gays.

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I never remember the cops coming in.

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We did fundraisers for the police.

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You couldn't legally dance as a gay couple.

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Vice would come in at least once every weekend.

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The Lynn Police never harassed me

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Police raids

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Rape and the police.

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