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Cops Raid Gay Bar. What Happened Next Changed History


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Cops Raid Gay Bar. What Happened Next Changed History.

Dorothee Benz

On the night of June 27, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a seedy mob-controlled gay bar on Christopher Street in New York City. It was one of thousands of such raids that routinely took place in American cities and towns. But the response was anything but routine. For the first time ever, patrons fought back, setting off three days of rioting and proving the spark that ignited the modern gay rights movement.