Stonewall Inn Launches Fundraising Campaign to Save LGBTQ Landmark Amid Pandemic

June 25, 2020
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    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The legendary Stonewall Inn is in danger of closing its doors for good because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The landmark NYC bar, known as the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement, has launched two GoFundMe campaigns as it struggles to stay afloat after being closed for more than three months.

    One of the campaigns is raising funds for staff while the other would cover rent and operating costs.

    "The Stonewall Inn faces an uncertain future and we are in need of community support," the organizers of the fundraising campaigns wrote. "The road to recovery from the COVID 19 pandemic will be long and we need to continue to safeguard this vital piece of living history for the LGBTQ community and the global human rights movement and we now must ask for your help to save one of the LGBTQ+ communities most iconic institutions and to keep that history alive."

    Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, also known as the Stonewall Uprising, which sparked the global fight for gay rights.

    On June 28, 1969, police conducted a raid of the bar and began arresting patrons and employees. Unlike previous raids, those fed up with the harassment stayed at the bar instead of dispersing and fought back, setting off several days of unrest between the police and the LGBTQ community.

    The first gay pride march came one year after the Stonewall Riots. This year's Pride celebrations are being held virtually.

    The Stonewall Inn itself closed not long after the raid. The current Stonewall Inn dates to the early 1990s.

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