Saturday, July 02, 2016

The Stonewall Inn becomes a Historic Monument

Stonewall Historic Monument Designation

On June 27, 2016 Matthew Sandusky represented BiNet USA at the dedication of the Stonewall Inn as a National Monument. Stonewall has been called the birthplace of the LGBT movement. It is located at 53 Christopher St in Greenwich Village, New York.

On June 28, 1969,The Stonewall riots were the flashpoint that launched the LGBT movement. Pushing back on years of oppression and harassment by the NYPD, the patrons and the crowd outside exploded.

Black Bi/trans activist Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Mason were at the forefront of the riot. And bisexual activist Brenda Howard, the “Mother of Pride” was inspired to create the first LGBT March on Christopher Street.

The Power of Place: From Selma to Stonewall


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Photo Credit: Matthew Sandusky


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Trans and HIV activist Octavia Lewis
Photo Credit: Matthew Sandusky


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Stonewall riots veteran Thomas Lanigan Schmidt
Photo Credit: Matthew Sandusky


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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
Photo Credit: Matthew Sandusky


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Christopher Street subway sign
Photo Credit: Matthew Sandusky