The Stonewall Riots were a series of violent demonstrations by members of the LGBTQ+ community against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The riots are widely considered to constitute the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States.
The Stonewall Riots were led by five local queer and transgender people of color activists that were fed up with the constant mistreatment by the police, and were tired of being forced to live their lives in the shadows of society. As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, let us carry the spirit of the work led by queer and transgender activists of color to usher in an era of social and cultural liberation for our community by making the conscious choice to uplift work led by and for queer and transgender communities of color.
Download our 'Honoring the Legacy of the Stonewall Riots' report on ten organizations working to empower queer and transgender people of color, and consider giving your support to their transformational work this pride month.