Gay bars in the 1960’s were accustomed to police to raids at gay bars, knowing that most of these raids would end with multiple arrest, including patrons and bar staff. Police would turn the lights on, line everyone up and check IDs. They arrested men who were dancing with each other and bartenders who were serving alcohol to gay people. It was illegal to serve alcoholic beverages to gay people. Anyone in drag was arrested immediately. Women who were not wearing at least three pieces of feminine clothing were also arrested. Gay people were subject to public humiliation often.
The morning (1:20AM) of June 28, 1969, the police arrived for a raid, but the patrons would not have it. They used bricks, bottles, and barricades to keep the police out of the bar. The news spread around the neighborhood, and the numbers of protesters grew quickly. The Stonewall Riots” went on for the weekend and ended on July 3, 1969.
The Stonewall Riots is considered to be the single most important event in the history of gay rights. Annual Pride events commemorate the events at Stonewall Inn and celebrates those who courageously fought for liberation and rights for the gay community.
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