Then, imagine that time is now. Nearly fifty years after the birth of the LGBTQ rights movement countless LGBTQ Americans across the nation are still living in fear and often enduring acts of intimidation, hatred and violence simply for who they are.
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 and abroad.
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.
ARE YOU READY TO HELP?
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).
Stonewall Inn 50
New York City, THE PLACE WHERE PRIDE BEGAN
Mark your calendars and join us at The Stonewall Inn, "The Place Where Pride Began™," for a full year of events and celebrations commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the The Stonewall Inn Uprising and benefitting The Stonewall Gives Back Initiative. Events and festivities will culminate with WorldPride 2019. Don't miss out! Make your plans early as New York City hosts millions of visitors from across the globe for this once in a lifetime event. Follow us on social media and join our mail list for updates on events, attractions, travel and accommodations.
See you in New York in 2019 for the celebration of 50 Years of Pride®!
The Place Where Pride Began® | The Place Where Pride Lives® | Live the Story®
The Stonewall Inn Story
One relatively ordinary summer night…
in June of 1969, the patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a little bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, finally stood up in defiance against a regimen of harassment openly administered by the New York City Police Department. The events that followed that night and the days thereafter would send waves of profound social and legal change around the world for years to come.
Nearly fifty years after that historic night, It is difficult to predict when the fight for LGBTQ equality will finally be won, but it can be said with certainty that the day will come and that The Stonewall Inn will forever be, "The Place Where Pride Began."
The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative Corporate Partners
The Stonewall Ambassadors
Ambassador Samantha Power - Former US Ambassador to the United Nations | Adam Bouska – Co-Founder, NOH8 | Alyson Cambridge – Opera and Broadway Singer | Amber Heard – Actress, Activist | Andrew Rannells – Author, Grammy Award-Winning Stage, Film + Television Actor | Andrew Morton - Partner, Handler Thayer, LLP | Andy Cohen – Host, Executive Producer | Anna Wintour - Editor-In-Chief, Vogue & Artistic Director, Conde Nast | Arielle Scarcella - YouTube content creator | Asia Kate Dillon – Artist | BETTY – Legendary Band | Billy Porter – Tony Award Winning Actor, Singer | Bob Witeck – President, Witeck Communications, Inc. | Brad Walsh – Singer and Music Producer | Brian Graden – Founder, Brian Graden Media | Brian Smith - Senior Vice President, Corporate and Community Relations, The New York Yankees | Bruce Bozzi – Activist and Entrepreneur | Bryan Lourd – Managing Director, Creative Artists Agency | Carmen Carrera – Mother, Advocate, Actor | Chance Mitchell and Justin Nelson - Co-Founder, CEO of NGLCC and Co-Founder, President of NGLCC | Chelsea Clinton – Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation | Chely Wright - Recording artist and LGBT activist | Chris Verdugo – Executive Director, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus | Chris Mosier - Trailblazing transgender athlete, Team USA duathlon/triathlon | Christian Siriano – Fashion Designer, Winner Project Runway Season 4 | Cleve Jones – Activist, Author | Cynthia Germanotta - Co-Founder, President of Born This Way Foundation | Dan MacDonald and Gregg Kaminsky - Producer and Founding Partner R Family Vacations | Dan Osheyack - Activist + Marketing Consultant | David Cooley - CEO and Founder of The Abbey and The Chapel | David P. White - National Executive Director of SAG-AFTRA | Diane Anderson-Minshall - Editorial Director at The Advocate | Don Lemon – Anchor, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon | Dustin Lance Black – Filmmaker, Activist | Eliza Byard – Executive Director, GLSEN | Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan – President, Stribling | Elvis Duran – Radio Host, The Elvis Duran Show Z-100, iHeart Media Radio Host | Erich Bergen – Actor, Singer | Famke Jannsen – Actress, Activist | Frankie Grande – Dancer, Actor, Activist | Fern Mallis - Founder, New York Fashion Week | Geena Rocero – Model, Producer, Advocate | George Takei – Actor, Activist | Greg Louganis – 4X Time Olympic Gold Medalist and Humanitarian, World's Greatest Diver | Gus Kenworthy – Olympic Silver Medalist, Activist | Hannah Gadsby - Award Winning Stand Up Comedian | Herb Ritts Foundation | Jason Collins – First openly gay player in the NBA (Brooklyn Nets) | Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman – Actor, Activist, Podcast Host | Jeffrey Pashley – Co-Founder, NOH8 | Jeffrey Wright – Award-winning Actor & Activist | Jonathan Lovitz - Senior Vice President of NGLCC | Josephine Skriver – Model, Activist | Judy Dlugacz – Founder, Olivia Companies | Ken Sunshine - Founder, Sunshine Sachs | Mark Campbell - Pulitzer Prize-winning opera librettist | Lauren Jauregui – Singer, Activist | Laverne Cox – Actress, Activist | Leiomy Maldonado – Transgender Advocate, Entertainer, Social Media Influencer | Leonard Foglia - Broadway and Opera Stage Director | Jussie Smollett - Artist & Activist | Kacey Musgraves – Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter | Kelly Bush Novack - Founder and CEO of ID | Keith Douglas - Managing Director, LEGENDS and One World Observatory | Levi Foster – Activist, Influencer | Lisa Sherman – President & CEO, AdCouncil | Lora Tucker – CEO, CenterLink | Mandy Gutmann - Vice President of Communications at BSE Global | Marina Gomberg - Equality Utah Board Member, Columnist for The Salt Lake Tribune | Matt Bomer – Actor, Activist | Michael Blume – Musician, Activist | Mike Thompson – Chief Executive Officer, LGBT Community Center of the Desert | Molly Bernard – Actress, Activist | Nichelle Nichols – Actress, Author, Activist | Nico Tortorella – Actor and Activist | Phillip Picardi - Editorial Director, Teen Vogue & Allure | Raymond Braun – Media Personality, Entrepreneur, Advocate, Political Commentator and TV Host | Rea Carey – Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force | Robbie Rogers – First Openly Gay Professional Soccer Player in North America | Ryan Jamaal Swain - Actor and Activist | Tudor Havriliuc - Vice President, Life Benefits and Global Mobility at Facebook | Sarah Kate Ellis – President, CEO, GLAAD | Scott P. Campbell - Executive Director, Elton John AIDS Foundation | Scott Seitz - CEO and Founder of SPI Marketing | Simon Halls - Partner, Slate PR | Steve DeLusant – Vice President of Sales, iHeartMedia New York | Steven Wozencraft - Executive Vice President, The John D. Evans Foundation | Tom Payne – Actor, The Walking Dead | Thomas Krever – Chief Executive Officer, Hetrick-Martin Institute | Valerie Jarrett - Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama | Whoopi Goldberg - Actor and Activist | Zara Barrie – Writer, Speaker and Executive Editor of GO Magazine |