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Erica Snyder, 21, is a visual storyteller who spent March photographing patrons at Stonewall Inn to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the riots that helped trigger the equality movement. Here Erica narrates her photos for Queerty. You probably heard about Madonna and Taylor Swift giving special performances at the bar to celebrate WorldPride. But the reality is that for the last 52 years (yes, it was founded two years before the riots took place), it’s been home to an assortment of...

A recently released email cache shows a heated discussion among National Park Services (NPS) officials that ended with the declaration that they don’t own the flag pole in front of the Stonewall Inn in New York City. When Barack Obama declared the Stonewall Inn a national monument, activists said that it was the first time that the rainbow flag was flown permanently on federal property. But a review prompted by a Trump administration found that the flag pole isn’t located on...

When the Stonewall riots erupted during the steamy pre-dawn hours of June 28, 1969, they quickly transformed what had been a small but longstanding push for queer equality into a mass movement. Multiple organizations were born in the wake of street protests triggered by the police raid of a Mafia-owned gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village. It’s tempting to portray what came next as a march of relentless progress, but that characterization ignores the episodic nature of social...

The theme for Pride month this year is “Looking back, Loving forward”. This week leads up to the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that took place from June 27 to 29, 1969, in the Greenwich Village of New York City. The event is well-known because it galvanized LGBTQ activist movements here and abroad. When I look back at the first night of the Stonewall Inn riots, I could never have imagined its future importance. I couldn’t have imagined the whitewashing of...

Former Vice President and current presidential candidate Joe Biden made a swing through the Stonewall Inn yesterday and bought the surprised patrons a round of beers. Biden, who famously announced his support of marriage equality shortly before President Obama did and is credited with nudging the former President to announce his own “evolution” on same-sex marriage, was in New York City for fundraising events. “Look,” Biden said during his visit, “this is where it started. The ultimate civil rights argument today...

Taylor Swift recently showed her support for LGBTQ fans by dropping a new single, “You Need to Calm Down,” which directly addressing queerphobes. She also held a surprise performance at the historic Stonewall Inn last night, playing a few covers and one of her hits just as New York City prepares for World Pride later this month. Variety reports that after performing two songs by Sara Bareilles “including a version of ‘Brave’ that had virtually all of the 100-odd lucky...

He spoke Wednesday, June 5 at Sidetrack, and presented the night before at Sidetrack's OUTSpoken monthly series.The Wednesday night session was moderated by Owen Keenhan and "the energy in the room was palpable," said Sidetrack general manager Brad Balof.  "People were riveted with what Tree had to share.  With humor, insight and very descriptive detail, Tree transported the room to 1969 Greenwich Village and the Stonewall Inn."That Stonewall raid led to the modern gay rights movement – and the...

Pride season is in full bloom, with rainbows appearing on walls and crosswalks and even the parking lot behind the Lululemon in West Hollywood (photo above). And we have not even gotten to the socks, t-shirt and underwear yet. To celebrate Stonewall 50 around the world, we’ve collected some favorite rainbow-themed selfie spots, perfect for popping a pic and letting the world know how you are celebrating your pride. Birmingham Artists with the organization Color Bham, in Birmingham, Ala., brought a big...

50 years after it sparked a worldwide movement for LGBTQ rights, the New York Police Department has apologized for raiding the Stonewall Inn. The Stonewall Riots, as they came to be known after queer people fought back, throwing rocks, bottles and bricks, torching cars, and filling the streets, are known as one of the seminal events in the fight for full LGBTQ equality. New York police commissioner James P. O’Neill apologized on behalf of the force during a safety briefing...

On the cusp of commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the historic Stonewall Inn riots, which many historians cite as a spark for the modern movement for LGBTQ equality, New York police commissioner James P. O’Neill offered a long overdue apology on behalf of the force. “I think it would be irresponsible to go through World Pride month and not to speak of the events at the Stonewall Inn in June of 1969,” O’Neill said. “I do know what happened...

 NYPD has apologized. New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson has called on the New York Police Department to apologize for the 1969 raid on the Stonewall Inn that sparked the Stonewall Riots. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, one of the most important events in the early LGBTQ movement. The riots started after police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar, early on June 28, 1969. During a radio interview, Johnson said that the NYPD should apologize...

Pioneering transgender activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, key leaders in the Stonewall Riots that sparked the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the US, will be honored with a monument in New York City. “For decades, the monuments in our public spaces have told a very limited story about the people, groups, and values that make New York City great,” said Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl. “Today, we take a big step toward...

In the early hours of June 28, 1969, members of the Manhattan LGBTQ community stood face-to-face with nine policemen in front of the Stonewall Inn who were raiding the bar. This, however, was not a typical raid. Instead of dispersing, approximately 150 people who weren’t arrested crowded in front of the bar. Protestors lit garbage on fire, broke windows and threw bottles and rocks at police. Decades of built up systemic oppression was being unleashed. By about 4:00 a.m., the crowd had...
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Early on Saturday morning, 19-year-old William Gomez was thrown out of the historic Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street, NYC while hanging out with his co-workers. Gomez returned at 4:30 a.m. and smashed the window of the Stonewall and left damaged that cost almost $7,000 to repair according to the NY Daily News. The Stonewall Inn is the site of the riots that started the LGBTQ rights movement and pride month observances. Gomez, who is not gay and is expecting his...

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