OTD Stonewall

June 28, 2021

52 years ago pride began at our doors.

The Stonewall Inn, marking 52 years since the Stonewall uprising, which is widely considered to be the beginning of America’s LGBTQ civil rights movement.
  • BACKGROUND: In the 1960s, New York’s liquor laws made it so that establishments that served alcohol to openly gay patrons could be deemed “disorderly houses” and have their liquor licenses suspended, and police often raided bars where “indecent conduct” was suspected. In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn and six days of protests and violent clashes with police followed. 
  • The Stonewall uprising is thought of as igniting the gay rights movement in America, with the first gay rights march taking place in NYC one year later on June 28, 1970.  
  • In 2000, the Stonewall Inn was designated as a National Historic Landmark “because of its association with events that outstandingly represent the struggle for civil rights in America.”

by Jenna Lee,