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Stonewall: The Birthplace of Pride

The Stonewall Riots

In the early hours of June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City. The raid sparked a riot among bar patrons and neighborhood residents as police roughly hauled employees and patrons out of the bar, leading to six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement outside the bar on Christopher Street, in neighboring streets and in nearby Christopher Park. The Stonewall Riots served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world. Learn more...

Exhibitions in NYC

Love & Resistance : Stonewall 50

Discover the emergence of the LGBTQ civil rights movement throughout the 1960s and 70s through the photographs of Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies—pioneering photojournalists who captured the pivotal events of this era and change the ways LGBTQ people perceived themselves—alongside items from the Library’s vast archival holdings in LGBTQ history.

February 14 – July 13, 2019

New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Rayner Special Collections Wing & Print Gallery, Third Floor

Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall

Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewallcommemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising—a six-day clash between police and civilians ignited by a routine raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City—and explores its profound legacy within contemporary art and visual culture today. The exhibition draws its title from the rallying words of transgender artist and activist Marsha P. Johnson, underscoring both the precariousness and the vitality of LGBTQ+ communities.

May 3 – December 8, 2019

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, 4th Floor
Brooklyn Museum

Stonewall 50 at New-York Historical Society

New-York Historical Society commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and the dawn of the gay liberation movement this summer, as New York City welcomes WorldPride, the largest Pride celebration in the world. Stonewall 50 at New-York Historical Society features two exhibitions and a special installation, as well as public programs for all ages. 

May 24 – September 22, 2019

The New-York Historical Society

PRIDE: Photographs of Stonewall and Beyond

As part of the national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, the Museum of the City of New York presents PRIDE: Photographs of Stonewall and Beyond by Fred W. McDarrah, featuring Fred W. McDarrah’s images of the initial Stonewall uprising, portraits of significant figures in the LGBTQ rights movement, and photographs of pride marches, protests, and public events for the LGBTQ community. PRIDE is a companion exhibition to The Voice of the Village: Fred W. McDarrah Photographs and a critical component of the Museum’s Stonewall50 series of exhibitions and programming PRIDE = POWER!

Opens June 6, 2019

The Museum of the City of New York