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The Stonewall Uprising

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Stonewall 25th anniversary buttonCross-Link: LGBTQIA Civil Rights Movement




Event Overview


Stonewall 1969: The Beginning of the LGBT Movement 


Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights


  • In 1969 at the Stonewall bar in NYC, tensions between police and LGBTQ patrons reached a boiling point.


  • Gay people were tired of being judged, ridiculed, and imprisoned (at the time, it was illegal to be gay), and they rose up against police brutality, igniting the gay rights movement.



  • June 6, 2019:  New York Police Commissioner Apologizes for Police actions during the Stonewall Uprising.   

      • Commissioner James O'Neill said Thursday that "the actions taken by the NYPD were wrong."




Multimedia Resources


Stonewall Riots 40th Anniversary 



Making Gay History | Stonewall 50 Episode 1


NPR | The Sound of Pride


StoryCorps | Elders of the LGBTQ+ Community


WNYC | Prejudice and Pride




The LGBTQ Rights Movement and Activism Before Stonewall


Click here to see a timeline of the struggle for equal rights

Click here for more history on the LGBTQIA movement from PBS

NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project


Before Stonewall:  Four Other Significant LGBT Rights Sites


Primary Sources

Stonewall Riots 40th Anniversary: A Look Back at the Uprising That Launched the Modern Gay Rights Movement, Democracy Now (June 26, 2009) has a video and transcript of memories from people who were there.

Stonewall National Historic Landmark Nomination, National Park Service, 1999

Ladies in the Streets: Before Stonewall, Transgender Uprising Changed Lives, from CodeSwitch, NPR

See also, Stonewall, the Mafia, History and Teaching



Oral History


Wendell Walker Interview


Martha Shelly Interview


Matthew Merlin and Michael Levine


Mark Segal and Victoria Cruz Interview

external image Red_Apple.jpgLearning Plans

Stonewall: The Riot That Started a Revolution

Discussion Guide: Stonewall Uprising, an American Experience Documentary


Stonewall and Beyond:  Gay and Lesbian Issues, Thirteen EdOnline



The Road to the First Gay Pride Parade (September 28, 1970)



Museums and Art


Columbus Museum of Art | Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989


New York Historical Society | Stonewall at 50


Stonewall Nation Museum and Archives | BLK: The National Black Lesbian and Gay News Magazine


Stonewall Nation Museum and Archives | First Look: A New Perspective into Stonewall's Archives





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