Enough was enough. After years of being harassed and denigrated by the police, the LGBTQ people being harassed and arrested in one of the NYPD’s raids on gay bars rose up and rioted in protest. Thousands took to the streets in the days and weeks that followed, leading community organizations to form globally, and the first Gay Pride march to mark the uprising one year later. 

It was the start of the modern LGBT rights movement. In June 2016, The Stonewall Inn and the Christopher Street Park became the nation’s first National Monument dedicated for an LGBTQ historic site, and was the site of WorldPride 2019, marking the 50th anniversary of the event. 

But that’s just one of the many stories that got us where we are today. Check out more LGBTQ history here