Contest #814 – Stonewall Inn, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA

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1969 in the United States was a very bad time to be gay. Homophobia was imbedded in society, and the laws of the land reflected that sad truth.

So, in late June of that year, when the New York Police Department conducted one of thier many, many raids of gay bars in the city, they hit Stonewall Inn. This was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. As the police started to load the patrons of the bar into the jail transports, the community around the bar took to the streets. What followed was 6 nights of increasingly larger crowds protesting, some say rioting for their rights.

Today, June is celebrated in many countries around the world as Gay Pride Month, and that stems directly from the actions of the residents of Greenwich Village and New York City as a whole that fateful summer. It all started here.

Those who found this little slice of history were:

  • hhgygy
  • Glenmorren
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Andy McConnell
  • Garfield
  • Eloy Cano
  • Andreas Meister
  • Lighthouse
  • Martin de Bock
  • Phil Ower
  • Graham Hedley
  • zorro the fox
  • Bas van Limpt
  • Jesus Rodriguez

And after the hint:

  • Lawnboy
  • Robin
  • Andy Murdock