History Of The Stonewall Riots

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THE STONEWALL RIOTS The Stonewall riots are widely believed to be the single most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States. Considered by some to be the "Rosa Parks" moment of the gay rights movement in America, the riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations against a police raid of the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York, in the early hours of June 28th, 1969. This single event has left a resounding impact on the fight for LGBT rights that can still be seen today. Throughout the 50s and 60s in the United States, the FBI along with local police departments kept close watch on what they believed to be "homosexual activity". They kept lists of known homosexuals, and lists of addresses where material concerning homosexuality was posted. Women were legally obligated to wear at least three items of feminine clothing in public, and anyone not doing so was liable to be arrested on the suspicion that they may be a lesbian. Drinking establishments thought to be frequented by homosexual or transgender individuals were also monitored. However, due to prohibition, the number of underground bars and drinking establishments was too large for all to be policed and therefore some gay bars were able to avoid being searched or shut down by the authorities. The Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street was one such establishment. On the morning of June 28th, 1969, the NYPD

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