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Stonewall poster brings splash of color to gay rights drama

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A new poster for Roland Emmerich’s LGBT rights drama Stonewall has arrived in a blaze of hot pink.

Bearing the tagline “Where pride began,” the image shows several cast members — including Jeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp, Otoja Abit, and Vladimir Alexis — joyously marching arm in arm.

In an interview with Out Magazine, Stonewall director Roland Emmerich said the image was inspired by a famous photo of the Gay Liberation Front from 1970. “It perfectly captures the triumphant, jubilant feeling of the time,” he said.

Along with nodding to history, the poster also underscores the diversity of the Stonewall cast a few weeks after the first trailer was criticized by some LGBT groups for “whitewashing” the story of the 1969 Stonewall Riots that launched New York’s gay rights movement.

Emmerich, the gay, German-born action maestro known for blockbusters like Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, responded to the criticism on Facebook, writing, “when this film — which is truly a labor of love for me — finally comes to theaters, audiences will see that it deeply honors the real-life activists who were there — including Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Ray Castro — and all the brave people who sparked the civil rights movement which continues to this day. We are all the same in our struggle for acceptance.”

Stonewall his theaters Sept. 25.

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