Stonewall Inn: 5 Things About the First LGBT Landmark in NYC

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This milestone in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender history has roots in a Greenwich Village bar, called The Stonewall Inn, where the LGBT rights modern movement is said to have started.

On Tuesday, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to make the Stonewall alandmark. The decision comes before the Pride 2015 rally and celebrations this weekend, which attracts attendees from across the country and abroad.

Here are five details about the Stonewall Inn’s history:

1) In June 1999, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and placed on the National Park Service’s list of National Historic Landmarks in 2000.

2) Tuesday’s vote is significant as the city Landmarks Preservation Commission gave the Stonewall the designation of a landmark in New York City for its role LGBT history. Additional protections were also provided in regards to alterations to the building.

“The Stonewall Inn has a unique place in the history of our city and in the struggle for dignity and equal rights in our society the events that transpired in that little corner of our city inspired a movement, the impact of which reaches across our nation and across the world,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer in a statement.

3) Heritage of Pride hosts New York City’s Pride events in commemoration of The Stonewall Riot. The riot began when the bar was raided by the New York Police Department on June 28, 1969. Ongoing raids took place at known LGBT establishments during that time. However, on June 28, patrons fought back when police attempted to arrest 200 people. The violent protests and demonstrations continued for almost a week. These events created a new phase in the LGBT movement.

4) In commemoration of the 10-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, in 1979, the first National March on Washington for LGBT rights took place. The march garnered national attention, which was a first for any march representing the movement.

5) The two buildings that made up the Stonewall Inn, originally located at 51-53 Christopher Street, were built in the 1840s as stables, and in 1930 were rebuilt and merged. The property reopened in 1967.Due to the riots, it closed in 1969. Currently, QQ Nails and Spa is located in one of the buildings. The other is a bar, also named Stonewall Inn.Both buildings are now NYC landmarks.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray commented on the Stonewall Inn on Twitter:

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