The Birthplace of the Modern Gay Rights Movement

The Birthplace of the Modern Gay Rights Movement

On one rather ordinary summer night on June 28, 1969, the patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a little tavern 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. Historic change that continues as we record these thoughts nearly fifty years later. It is impossible to project when theseswells of change and equality might subside, but it can be said as we look back on that steamy summer night in June that The Stonewall Inn will cement its place in history as the "Place Where Pride Began."

Welcome to The Stonewall Inn Story. This is our home for sharing the Story of the unassuming little bar located on Christopher Street in the West Village. 

Over the coming months, our editors hope to offer an eclectic mix of historical accounts of the events that have made The Stonewall Inn a destination for travelers from around the world. 

We will be publishing essays by notable authors and historians, first-hand accounts by those who actually witnessed the events of 1969, stories from people whose lives have been profoundly impacted by that night, and, yes, stories about the colorful cast of characters that helped contribute to the Stonewall mythology and urban legends. All together, in this space, we plan to feature a wide range of stories to commemorate The Stonewall Inn’s role in the struggle for LGBTQ civil rights and make sure these stories are not lost to history.

Bob Kelly