Imagine that time is now. Nearly fifty years after the birth of the LGBTQ rights movement countless LGBTQ citizens across America are living in fear, often enduring acts of intimidation, hatred and violence.
Welcome to The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative (SIGBI). We are a non-profit charitable organization inspired by the struggles and ideals of the LGBTQ rights movement born from the Stonewall Inn Uprising of 1969. We are committed to eliminating the social intolerance that is profoundly impacting the lives of LGBTQ citizens throughout America.
Through awareness campaigns, educational programming, fundraising and candid public dialogue, The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative supports grassroots organizations scattered across the country and especially those in communities where progress toward equality has been slow and discrimination, harassment, substance abuse, depression and suicide have become an unacceptable way of life.
Please join with us as we share the lessons learned from the historic events at the Stonewall Inn nearly fifty years ago and work to promote tolerance, hope and equality for LGBTQ communities worldwide.
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With financial support from our partners and donors like you, we are able to fulfill our mission through the distribution of your generous donations to grassroots organizations demonstrating the greatest and most urgent need. Your contribution is 100% tax deductible. The Stonewall Gives Back Initiative is an approved IRC 501(c)(3
"The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to providing educational, strategic and financial assistance to grassroots organizations committed to advocacy for and crucial support to LGBTQ communities and individuals who suffer the indignities and fear arising from social intolerance here in the United States and around the world."
The Stonewall Inn Story
On one rather ordinary summer night on June 28, 1969, the patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a little bar in New York City's West Greenwich Village, finally stood up in defiance against a regimen of harassment and intimidation openly administered by the New York City Police Department. The events that followed that night and the days after would send ripples of profound social change around the world.
Those ripples soon grew into waves of change, still powerful waves of change nearly fifty years after the historic events at the Stonewall Inn. It is impossible to project exactly when the waves will calm and full equality for LGBTQ people living in the United States and around the world will be realized, but it can be said that The Stonewall Inn will forever be the, "The Place Where Pride Began."