Around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village, was raided by the New York Police Department. Raids on establishments that catered to LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, etc.) patrons were fairly commonplace at the time. This time would be different. This time, the community had had enough. Angry patrons clashed with aggressive police officers, culminating in protests that would last 6 days. This would come to be known, alternately, as the Stonewall Riots, the Stonewall Rebellion, and the Stonewall Uprising. This event would prove to be a pivotal point in the fight for civil rights for LGBTQ+ people.
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