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UNITED STATES – JUNE 28: Stonewall Inn nightclub raid. Crowd attempts to impede police arrests outside the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Thursday, June 28th, 2018 marks the 49th Anniversary of The Stonewall Riots and is the reason that June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. Early in the morning on that date, Police raided a purported Mafia-owned bar in Greenwich Village called the Stonewall Inn. The establishment was a place the Gay Community frequented; as well as the area’s homeless youth. It was not a paradise, or a bar with an exceptional reputation, but it did allow for gay individuals to come and drink and socialize.
As the raid was taking place–protestors, onlookers, and journalists descended on the location and hampered police efforts. The police were soon overcome by the sheer size of the crowd. Riot teams arrived to dispatch the crowd.
Continuing protests arose at the location over the next few days and the spark was lit for activists, civic leaders, and the Gay Community as a whole, to begin speaking out against the discriminatory actions taken against homosexuals. The riots were the spark for the LGBT community to enact Gay Rights demonstrations across the United States and the world. The Movement continues to this day.
HAPPY LGBT PRIDE MONTH!
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