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Timeline: The Importance of The Stonewall Riots by Anjali Desai

June 24, 1969: Police arrest Stonewall employees and confiscate the club’s alcohol.


On June 24, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a bar that was seen as a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community, located in New York City’s Greenwich Village. At the time, homosexual acts were illegal in most states. Gay bars were a place that members of the LGBTQ+ community could socialize without the fear of public harassment.


June 27, 1969: Undercover police arrest more employees as well as drag queens.


When arresting rioters, the undercover police singled out drag queens. At the time, it was illegal to dress in drag. Police raids were common, but on that specific night the crowd at the Stonewall Inn decided to fight back. Although there had been multiple protests held by gay groups, the Stonewall riots were the first time gays, lesbians, and transgender people united for a common cause


Early June 28, 1969: The Police barricade themselves inside the Stonewall Inn.


The police barricaded themselves inside the Stonewall Inn as protesters made impromptu firebombs. The protesters outsmarted the city’s riot police by running away and using shorter blocks to come up behind the police. No one was harmed on the first night of rioting.


Late June 28, 1969: The Stonewall Inn reopens as supporters gather.


The Stonewall Inn opened with more support even after the damages done to the bar by the police.


June 29, 1969: The police tear gas rioters.


With more and more supporters coming to the Stonewall Inn, the police sent out a large group of riot police. The riot police beat and tear gassed the crowd until early hours of the morning.


June 29-July 1, 1969: The Stonewall Inn continues to be a safe place for members of the LGBTQ+ community to gather.


The Stonewall Inn became a place that helped with the growth of the gay rights movement. Although police officers continued to return, they were less confrontational.


July 2, 1969: Gay activists protest unfair news coverage.


Protesters gathered outside of newspaper offices in response to the use of homophobic slurs used in articles.


June 28, 1970: The first Gay Pride parade sets off on the 1st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.


The first pride week was organized by gay activists in New York. It was held on the first anniversary of the police raids on the Stonewall Inn