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.
Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative Ambassadors
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 | Andy Cohen – Host, Executive Producer | Asia Kate Dillon – Artist Asia Kate Dillon | 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 | Bryan Lourd – Managing Director, Creative Artists Agency | Carmen Carrera – Mother, Advocate, Actor | Chelsea Clinton – Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation | Chris Verdugo – Executive Director, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus | Chely Wright | Christian Siriano – Fashion Designer, Winner Project Runway Season 4 | Cleve Jones – Activist, Author | 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 | 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, Herb Ritts Foundation | Jason Collins – First openly gay player in the NBA (Brooklyn Nets) | Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman – Actor, Activist, Podcast | Jeffrey Parshley – Co-Founder, NOH8 | Jeffrey Wright – Award-winning Actor & Activist | Judy Dlugacz – Founder, Olivia Companies | Kate Beckinsale – Actress, Activist | Laverne Cox – Actress, Activist | vLeiomy Maldonado – Transgender Advocate, Entertainer, Social Media Influencer | Levi Foster – Activist, Influencer | Lisa Sherman – President & CEO, AdCouncil | Lora Tucker – CEO, CenterLink | 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 |
Raymond Braun – Top Ten Social Media Influencers in the LGBTQ Community | Rea Carey – Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force | Robbie Rogers – First Openly Gay Player in North America | Sarah Kate Ellie – President + CEO, GLAAD | Steve DeLusant – Vice President of Sales, iHeartMedia New York |
Thomas Krever – Chief Executive Officer, Hetrick-Martin Institute
Zara Barrie – Writer, Speaker and Executive Editor of GO Magazine
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.
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
"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."
Stonewall Inn 50
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 in conjunction with Heritage of Pride and Stonewall50. 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 hot 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."