When police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City on June 28, 1969, the street erupted into violent protests that lasted for the next six days.
Such raids were not unusual in the late 1960s, an era when homosexual sex was illegal in every state but Illinois. But that night, amid the growing political activism of the 1960s, LGBTQ+ people began to mobilize and fight back. While it would be 11 years before the decriminalization of homosexuality, The Stonewall Uprising, as these protests came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.
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