Today is the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

On this day, in 1969, a small bar in the West Village of Manhattan became the epicentre of an event that changed the course of gay history.

The Stonewall Inn, like most gay bars of the time, was frequently the target of police intimidation and demands for payoffs in returns for not arresting or publishing names of the patrons.

But, on June 28, 1969, patrons of the Stonewall Inn became fed up and instead of complying with police, patrons resisted.  They threw coins, bottles, and other bojects at police and fires were started.

These riots are commonly referred to as the first time in American history that gays and lesbians fought back against a government-sponsored persecution of homosexuals.  These events have come to be recognized as beginning of the modern day gay rights movement not only here in the United States but across the globe.

In only a couple weeks, the gay residents in Greenwhich Village organized themselves into activist groups that worked  to establish places for gays and lesbians to be open about their sexual orientation without fear of being arrested.  The fight continues now, 40 years later…

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Keep up the good fight, history favors those fighting for equality.

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