Fifty years ago today, gays, lesbians and transgender people took a stand
against discrimination. Homosexual relations were illegal in New York City
in 1969. Gay bars emerged as places where individuals could socialize
without fear of judgment from the general public, although the police
regularly harassed these establishments. On June 28, 1969, New York
City policemen raided the Stonewall Inn, a known gay bar, to arrest anyone
not wearing at least three articles of gender appropriate clothing.
Typically, these raids were met with little resistance, but on this night the
beleaguered patrons fought back. The police were forced to barricade
themselves in the bar until they were rescued by reinforcements.
“Stonewall” helped ignite political activism for gay rights, and is
commemorated annually in June Gay Pride celebrations.

Now, fifty years later, James O’Neill, Commissioner of the New York Police
Department, speaking at a Pride Month event, apologized to the LGBTQ
community for its discriminatory actions on the night of June 28, 1969.
Commissioner O’Neill said “The actions taken by the NYPD were wrong—
plan and simple.” You can watch his comments here: https://youtu.be/

A special thanks to the following:


- Abby Sullivan, PCC Summer Intern

June 28, 2019