June 23 and 24, 2012

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Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride

Stonewall Riots

June 28, 1969

Stonewall Riots at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York

The Stonewall Inn, located in New York City’s Greenwich Village, is the site of a historic uprising that sparked a new chapter in the LGBT rights movement. The inn was a small bar that catered to an assortment of poor and marginalized members of the LGBT community in the 1960s.

At the time, police raids on gay bars were routine and included lines-ups, arrests, along with physical and sexual harassment. After one particular raid on Saturday, June 28, 1969 a crowd gathered outside the Stonewall Inn and began to riot in protest of the police harassment and brutality. This rebellion represented an unprecedented resistance from the LGBT community to abuse and degradation.

Within six months of the Stonewall Riots, newspapers and activist organizations were founded to promote LGBT rights and equality and this momentum continued across the country and throughout the world. On June 28th, 1970 the first gay pride marches took place in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago to commemorate the riots. Today, pride marches take place all over the world in the month of June to honor the spirit of the Stonewall riots and to celebrate LGBT history, culture, and equality.

Christopher Street