Frequently Asked Questions
The Stonewall Riots were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the LGBTQ community against a discriminatory police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The riots lasted five nights and served as a galvanizing moment for the LGBTQ activist community to unite in a nationwide movement fighting for LGBTQ rights. The following year of action culminated on the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, an organized march considered to be the first Pride.
The Stonewall Riots were commemorated with the designation of Stonewall National Monument in 2016, the first National Monument dedicated to LGBTQ rights and history.
The history of the Stonewall Riots and the following year are crucial to the LGBTQ movement and its place in U.S. history. While historians have an understanding of the events, there is a need for a greater variety of voices to reflect the diversity of participants in the riots and the LGBTQ rights movement as a whole.
Stonewall Forever was created to amplify and expand the designation of the Stonewall National Monument in 2016 and will culminate in 2019 with an interactive monument in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the riots.
This project is supported by Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google. Over the last three years, Google.org has provided grants and funding to groups across the world that challenge bias and exclusion by helping to share the stories and history of marginalized groups. In 2017, Google.org gave $1 million to The LGBT Community Center of New York City and the National Park Foundation to help preserve and amplify the story of the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Read more about the grant on The Keyword.
The LGBT Community Center will review all submitted content for relevance to the collection. If selected, we will reach out to you for more information. Your content could become part of the collections at Google Arts & Culture and The LGBT Community Center's National History Archive in New York, open and available to the public for the purpose of education and research. See the usage terms of Google Arts & Culture here.
Your content may also be used as part of the Stonewall Forever interactive monument in 2019.
You can get involved by
- - registering to vote and getting to the polls for local, state and federal elections
- - taking action in your community
- - attending your local Pride march
- - joining the conversation about Stonewall Forever through The LGBT Community Center's social channels
For Pride 2019, Stonewall Forever will use the collected archival content to create an interactive extension of the Stonewall National Monument, open to the public and available online.
The intent of this digital monument is to tell the story of LGBTQ history, starting just before the Stonewall Riots, and focusing on Stonewall's impact on LGBTQ lives today.
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The footage in the Stonewall Forever video comes from a wide range of sources documenting the history of the LGBTQ rights movement. The LGBT Community Center would like to acknowledge and thank the following organizations and filmmakers for the generous contribution of their content:
- - Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.
- - Fred W. McDarrah
- - Larry Morris & The New York Times Archive
- - NBC News Archives
- - David Surber & Network Q Productions
- - UCLA Film & Television Archive
- - James Wentzy
- - Randolfe Wicker
- - Footage of Sylvia Rivera’s Speech at the 1973 NYC Gay Pride March Rally courtesy of The L.O.V.E. Collective, (Lesbians Organized for Video Experience) NYC (1973-1976) Original Members: Betty Brown, Delia Davis, Tracy Fitz, Barbara Jabaily, Doris (Blue) Lunden, and Denise Wong. Special Thanks to The Lesbian Herstory Archives (www.lesbianherstoryarchives.org, LHEF, INC).
Let's make history
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