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4 Reasons Stonewall Inn Is Considered a Landmark

By    |   Friday, 12 June 2015 08:09 AM

Stonewall Inn is a New York gay bar credited with being “where Gay Pride began.”

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The venue is considered a landmark in the Gay Pride movement because of the historic events and infamous Stonewall riots that occurred there. The Stonewall Inn was the first site that the Stonewall National Museum and Archives deemed as a landmark due to its importance in the push for LGBT rights.

Below are 5 of the most notable reasons Stonewall Inn is considered a landmark:

1. Location of the Stonewall Riots
On June 28, 1969 police raided Stonewall Inn because of liquor license violations. The LGBT community felt targeted as drag queens were ushered into police vehicles and the incident turned to conflict.

The customers and workers in the club began rioting and soon others on the street joined them as well.

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In the following days numerous demonstrations took place outside of the inn with thousands of participants. 

The Stonewall Riots are seen as the spark that ignited the LGBT movement.

2. History Before Riots
Even before the riots, the bar’s history was significant in LGBT advancement.

The Stonewall Inn was among the few gay bars in New York City, which was home to the U.S.’ largest gay population.

Because the gay community was so frequently targeted by law enforcement, the few gay bars that existed, including the Stonewall Inn, were owned and operated by the Mafia.

The Mafia paid off local police to look the other way on various liquor and hygiene laws so that the clubs could remain profitable.

3. Popular Gay Bar
As one of the only gay bars in New York in the 1960s, the Stonewall Inn was popular for being one of the only places for the LGBT community to congregate without hiding their sexuality. For that reason alone, the idea of Stonewall is viewed as revolutionary. Today the inn is still a popular New York attraction, in part because of its history.

4. Official Voting on Landmark Status
For years activists have been pushing the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to make the Stonewall Inn an official landmark.

In June 2015, earlier this week, the commission announced that it had unanimously voted to consider making the inn an official landmark, reported Observer News.

There will be a public hearing to discuss the matter and its importance to LGBT history on June 23, 2015.

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