With the benefit of hindsight, we can say that we were fortunate indeed that the queer revolution began at precisely the moment it did in 1969. Of course, there was ground preparation before that going back through Mattachine, One magazine and much more but the revolution per se began at Stonewall. Had we missed that window of opportunity, it would have closed, perhaps for a very long time.
Stonewall would not be probable or possible today. In 1969, the New York Police Department was woefully unprepared for violent rebellion. Men-In-Black tactical squads were unheard of, as were military tactics, armored cars and the high-tech equipment that has since evolved for crowd control.
For Stonewall to have waited for 2008 would have simply meant the disorderly queens and young hustlers would be vacuumed up without a policeman having to break a sweat and the “stonewall” would be no more than a collection of drunk and disorderly charges.