Looking Back with Pride
Looking back with pride – Urban Recovery taking Pride in the diversity of our clients. At UR, we focus on the current issues facing the LGBTQ2+ community and how we can move forward in the movement. As we move into the future, it’s important to look back and see just how far LGBTQ2+ rights have progressed. Remember these monumental moments in history that have strongly propelled the movement forward while you enjoy all the activities Pride Month has to offer.
Read about key moments in the history of the LGBTQ2+ community here>>>
Not just a day but a state of mind!
In New York, very few establishments catered to the queer community, and those that did tend to be grungy, run-down bars and clubs. Perhaps the most famous one in Manhattan at the time was the Stonewall Inn, located in the liberal Greenwich Village. Almost no queer-friendly establishments were run by members of the LGBTQ2+ community in those days – the Stonewall was run by the Italian mafia, who were not friendly to their patrons, but paid off the police enough money so that they did not raid the establishment.
This all changed on Saturday, June 28th 1969. At approximately 1:20am, a group of police officers began a raid on the Stonewall Inn, forcing patrons to line up and be ready to present their ID. Any individuals wearing non-gender conforming clothes were forced to go to the bathroom with a female officer to determine their biological gender, and if they were found to be wearing the “incorrect” clothes, they were to be arrested.
While many members of the New York queer community were used to police raids, this one was different. People refused to produce their IDs for the police check, and people who were let out of the bar began to form a crowd surrounding the entrance. As the police attempted to force people into the police cars and demonstrated extreme force, the crowd ballooned in size to over 600 people and suddenly turned violent.