• Karen McPhail

The 50th Anniversary of Stonewall

It all began on June 28th, 1969, a little after 3 am when police raided the Stonewall Inn.

This was a turning point in history as the LGBT community! For five nights in June of 1969, many courageous individuals spoke out, united, and rose up at the Stonewall Inn to demand LGBT equality.

The exact number of participants is unknown, however some project hundreds of thousands did participate as many have publicly shared their stories and some are members of the Stonewall Veterans' Association (SVA). These include: Virginia Apuzzo, Martin Boyce, Raymond Castro, Danny Garvin, William Henderson, Jerry Hoose, Marsha P. Johnson, Carl J. Keller, Jr., Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt, Dick Leitsch, Leigh McManus, Daria Modon, John O'Brien, Electra O'Mara, Yvonne Ritter, Sylvia Rivera, Craig Rodwell, Fred Sargeant, Martha Shelley, Howard Smith, Lucian Truscott, Terri Van Dyke, Dave West, and Doric Wilson, to name just a few.

These initial demonstrations in New York were the beginning of and the driving force for the formation of the Gay Liberation Front as well as other gay, lesbian, and bisexual civil rights organizations. It is regarded by many, as it should be, as history’s first major protest on behalf of equal rights for LGBT individuals! Today reflect and remember! Remember those who were courageous enough to speak out, be heard, and set the ground work for today!

Preserving and remembering moments in LGBT history is important and needs to be done even more so involving LGBT older adults. On the 50th anniversary tell others your story, make your voice heard by joining millions in the continued fight for the rights of LGBT individuals of every age, race, class, sexual orientation, and gender identity!

Participate in LGBT Pride celebrations, host events, and continue these initiatives throughout the year and by visiting:


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