On one rather ordinary summer night in June of 1969, the patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a little tavern in New York City's West Greenwich Village, finally stood up in defiance against a regimen of harassment and intimidation openly administered by the New York City Police Department. The events that followed that night and the days after, would send ripples of profound social change around the world. Those ripples would soon grow into waves of change. Historic change that continues as we record these thoughts nearly fifty years hence. It is impossible to project when these swells of change and equality might subside, if ever, but it can be said with relative certainty as we look back, on that steamy summer night in June that The Stonewall Inn would forever become the "Place Where Pride Began."
Welcome to The Stonewall Inn Story. This is our home for sharing the Story of the unassuming little tavern located on Christopher Street in the West Village that was the place of a relatively ordinary encounter between a small number of New York City's gay community and the Police. It would be an encounter that grew into a larger ... over the two or three days, but send a ripple of change out into the world that would quickly change into a wave of change that ....... equal rights, marriage equality...LGBTQ communities throughout
Our editors hope to offer an eclectic mix of historical accounting by notable authors and historians, first hand accounts by those who witnesses the events of 1969, stories from people whos lives have been profoundly impacted by that night, and, yes, the cast of characters that make up the colorful Stonewall past with names and personas perfect for a great work of fiction, if in fact their stories were not true.
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For the first time in history Gay people refused to accept the status quo of oppression and stood up for themselves and, ultimately, the global Gay community. The Stonewall Inn, and the rebellion here, became the iconic flashpoint that sparked the long, uphill battle towards equality for all members of the Gay community. Often referred to as the “Rosa Parks moment” in Gay history the Stonewall rebellion paved the way for future members of the community to not accept treatment as second-class citizens but rather to expect that the LGBT community be treated as equals in the eyes of both the government and society at large
The legendary Stonewall Inn is the birthplace of the modern Gay Rights movement