In July 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular bar and refuge for New York City’s LGBTQ+ community. It was an era in which homosexuality and homosexual acts were criminalized in the United States, and police raids on LGBTQ+ gathering places were commonplace. But this time the patrons of the Stonewall Inn, as well as neighborhood residents, resisted the police — sparking days of protests.
This period of time became known as the Stonewall Rebellion (also referred to as the Stonewall Uprising or Stonewall Riots), and is seen by many as the catalyst for the modern gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.
At Amherst, we will honor the 50th anniversary of Stonewall — and celebrate the LGBTQA+/Queer community — with a series of events and programs.