1969 June 28

Stonewall Inn Riots – Lesbian, Gay Rights Movement Born

 

New York City police raided a lesbian and gay bar, the Stonewall Inn, at 51–53 Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, New York City on this day. Patrons of the bar, fed up with police harassment, fought back. The Stonewall Inn riot is considered to have inspired the modern lesbian and gay rights movement. The events of the riot actually took place over the course of several days.

The Stonewall Riot is memorialized by annual Gay Pride marches across the country, the first of which occurred on June 28, 1970 (see the separate entry for this day).

On June 23, 2015 the Stonewall Inn was designated a city landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Read: David Carter, Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution (2004)

Learn more about the Stonewall uprising: http://www.thestonewallinnnyc.com/StonewallInnNYC/HISTORY.html

Visit the GLBT History Museum: http://www.glbthistory.org/museum/

Learn more: http://www.civilrights.org/archives/2009/06/449-stonewall.html

And learn about lesbian and gay activists before Stonewall: Vern Bullough, Before Stonewall (2002)

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