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The Stonewall Uprising

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Stonewall Inn, 1969

Stonewall Inn, 1969


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."



Stonewall 25th anniversary button
Stonewall 25th anniversary button


Multimedia Resources

Stonewall Riots 40th Anniversary 

Stonewall Uprising from PBS American Experience




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

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)




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