Today In Gay – April 28, 1990: Bomb Explodes At Uncle Charlie’s Downtown NYC Later Found Out To Be Terrorist Attack

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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8 Responses

  1. DeaconMac says:

    Thanks for posting this. I’ve been obsessed with remembering and restoring lgbt history, but this is a piece of our history that I had forgotten about.

  2. Gary Armstrong says:

    I was there the night it went off…I was standing exactly at the garbage can where it was hidden, then went around the corner to watch a Madonna video…and then two minutes later: “Pow!”…half the crowd ran into the street, and the other half stood there in a daze nursing their drinks…

    • Ric Weaver says:

      I was also there that night and I’ve been telling people about that night for years, but had never heard anymore about it. I was also standing about six feet from the trash can and I remember those moments being in slow motion – the smoke, the flash, debris falling, and then people running to get out. My roommate was one of those leaning against the bar nursing his drink in a daze.

  3. JT says:

    Gay activists will always hide from this story. Not politically correct. Andrew Towle and Michelangelo Signorile even espouse (in a truly self-hating manner) to bring millions more Muslim refugees into the u.S. (even though these refugees are already guilty of gaybashings and mass rapes after entering Europe).

    • designck1 says:

      It’s necessary to be able to differentiate between terrorists and people from the Muslim ethnic background. Many who count themselves as Christian would balk at being called a terrorist like Timothy McVeigh, no so? Understand that trashing Andy and Michelangelo for considering the humanity of people caught in the middle east crossfire is not the self-hating you espouse, but compassion…. something which is a sad loss in a community that demands respect and compassion…. Allowing ourselves to feel compassion for them does not mean we have to stay silent on any anti-gay rhetoric that some may proclaim, but gives us a chance to speak out against them. That’s my opinion on this….

  4. Mattster says:

    Thanks for shedding light on this much-neglected piece of history. However, the first case of modern terrorism on our soil would probably be the car bombing committed by Chile in Washington DC in 1976, also much forgotten.

  5. Rick says:

    Not sure this was the first foreign terrorist attack on U.S. soil. There was an island (Black Tom Island?) used as a military ammo dump during WWI (1916), which was blown up by German operatives. The question I suppose is was it an act of terrorism or just depriving the U.S. military of ammunition? The U.S. was not yet in the war.

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