The 1950’s and last years of the 1960’s were a particularly active social and political time in our country with civil rights and anti-Viet Nam War protests. Add to that mix an event occurring in New York City on June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Riots. This building which was a small Mafia owned bar in Greenwich Village catered to the gay population and was raided on this date 50 years ago today by New York City police.
The early morning raid became the catalyst for gay individuals to later organize into cohesive groups for protection of their rights. In 2015 the building was designated a City landmark. This month celebrations are planned throughout the City for this anniversary. New York City is credited as the birthplace for LGBT rights.
May freedom ring.