Stonewall at 50: Stories of resistance and resilience

“There was a price we paid to open our mouths.” Five decades after the LGBTQ movement’s riotous spark, its most marginalized members speak out.

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Early on June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, arresting employees for serving liquor without a license and patrons for failing to wear at least three articles of clothing appropriate to their supposed gender.

Raids on gay bars were common and legal. But that night, the young trans and queer people who took refuge at Stonewall fought the arrests, sparking five days of riots and fifty years of a national LGBTQ civil rights movement.

To commemorate the anniversary, we spoke to members of LGBTQ communities in the U.S. and asked them to share their stories and experiences.

Photographer Robin Hammond has spent his career documenting human rights issues. His project, “Where Love is Illegal,” takes an in-depth look at abuse and intolerance faced by LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex) people with the mission of ending persecution based on sexuality and gender identity.

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