Sociology Index

STONEWALL INN - Gay Activism and Gay Rights Movement

Queer Culture, Sociology of Sexualities, Homophobia

Stonewall Riots at the Stonewall Inn marked the beginning of resistance against intolerance towards people oriented differently. On a weekend in June 1969 the New York police, continuing a policy of harassment of homosexuals, visited the Stonewall Inn, charging that liquor was being sold without a permit. As the homosexual clientele were being taken to the police wagon from the Stonewall Inn, a spontaneous show of resistance emerged and the police were forced to retreat and call for reinforcements. This resistance that began at Stonewall Inn is now given substantial symbolic value and is seen as the birth of the modern gay rights movement, the emergence of the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activist Alliance, as well as the first gay pride parade, held in June 1970.