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Stonewall National Monument

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Stonewall Inn is the first LGBTQ national monument, dedicated to the birthplace of the modern lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer civil rights movement.

Stonewall Inn is the first LGBTQ national monument, dedicated to the birthplace of modern lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer civil rights movement.

“Before Stonewall, there was no such thing as coming out or being out. The very idea of being out, it was ludicrous. People talk about being in and out now, there was no out, there was just in.”
— Eric Marcus, Author

On June 24, 2016, Stonewall National Monument was established as the 412th unit of the National Park System. Located in Greenwich Village in New York City, the events of June 28, 1969 at this site helped shape the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement. It was here that Stonewall Inn patrons and employees fought back as New York City police conducted a raid, a scenario that had become routine at gay bars and often resulted in harassment and arrests. Unlike previous raids, the crowds held their ground in demanding civil rights and refused to disperse.

Expanding along neighboring streets and into nearby Christopher Park, and at times including several thousand people, the six-day-long uprising marked a significant turning point in the struggle for LGBTQ rights. Within two years, LGBTQ people across the country had formed gay rights groups in almost every major city.  

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