On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a New York City bar that was frequented by members of the gay community. Violence followed and the ensuing riot turned into a two-night uprising. Today, the Stonewall rebellion is symbol of gay empowerment and is widely known as one of the events that inspired the modern LGBT+ rights movement.

At the Center for Social Solutions, we celebrate diversity and its positive impacts on society. Not only did the Stonewall uprising propel gay liberation, but it still impacts the modern LGBT+ rights movement, leading to a more accepting nation. Though there are still many strides we must take to completely abolish discrimination, we champion those who have fought and still battle for equal rights for all.

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"Memories of That Night at the Stonewall Inn, From Those Who Were There" by Louis Lucero II, The New York Times

Offering the firsthand perspectives of those who were at the Stonewall Inn on the night of the riots, this article expands our understanding of the uprising and what it meant to be involved in such a pivotal event.

"In 1969, I Had No Idea a Social-Justice Movement Could Center a Kid Like Me" by Sue Hyde, The Nation

Chronicling her childhood experiences leading up to the 1969 event, Sue Hyde explains what the Stonewall uprising meant to her.

"50 years after Stonewall: Most see progress in ending LGBTQ discrimination" by Jennifer de Pinto, CBS News 

While discrimination against LGBT+ individuals still endures, acceptance of the community has dramatically increased over the last 50 years. CBS News polls display hopeful statistics about the growing respect for the LGBT+ community in America.

"The Photographer Who Captured 20th-Century Queer Life" by Hannah Girogis, The Atlantic

"Art After Stonewall, 1969-1989", an exhibit at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art and Grey Art Gallery in New York City, celebrates the LGBT+ community by showcasing art created by its own members. This article explores the experiences of one of the artists featured in the exhibit.



"The Stonewall You Know Is a Myth. And That’s O.K.", The New York Times (2019) 

This New York Times video identifies some of the common errors in the story of the Stonewall uprising and helps us to better understand what really happened that night.

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“Smithsonian Time Capsule: Beyond Stonewall”, Smithsonian Channel (2019)

The Smithsonian Channel honors the historic event with this documentary devoted to its story.

Watch on the Smithsonian Channel

"Why the Stonewall Riots represented a 'sea change' for LGBTQ rights", PBS (2019)

Two members of the LGBT+ community discuss their experiences with their identities, noting the differences that arise between generations.

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"The Sound of Pride: Stonewall at 50", WNYC (2019) 

Dedicated to telling the stories of the LGBT+ community, this new series diversifies the voices in podcasting and fosters a deeper understanding of the queer experience.

Listen on Apple Podcasts

"Chronicling The LGBT Rights Movement Since The Stonewall Riots", NPR (2019)

Two LGBT+ figures examine the struggles that members of the community still face today, 50 years after Stonewall.

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