Before Stonewall: Four Other Significant LGBT Rights Sites
Now that the Stonewall Inn is the United States' first national monument to LGBT rights, we look at how the community fought against raids, harassment, and discriminatory laws.
On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, attacking its gay and transgender customers (a common practice at the time). The bar patrons rioted, locking police inside the bar and continuing to fight back for three days.
Many people consider Stonewall to be the symbolic birthplace of the United States’ LGBT movement. And on Friday, Obama designated the historic New York City bar as the first national monument for LGBT rights.
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This designation comes not only just before the anniversary of the raid—itself the inspiration for numerous Pride celebrations around the country—but also soon after the tragedy at the Pulse night club in Orlando,