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Stonewall Inn, the iconic site of the 1969 riots, may be forced to shut down
Stonewall Inn, the iconic site of the 1969 riots, may be forced to shut down

Alexander Kacala
TODAY•June 26, 2020

The uprising that took place at The Stonewall Inn 51 years ago this week was the spark that set off a powder keg, paving the way for acceptance and equality of gay, lesbian and transgender people in the United States and around the world.

Coined as the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ rights movement, Stonewall, in New York City's West Village neighborhood, has operated as both a bar, serving as an oasis where revelers and tourists can celebrate (especially during Pride month in June) and an iconic site. The space was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2000.

Now the coronavirus pandemic, which has already shuttered thousands of restaurants and bars across the country, is threatening to permanently close the legendary bar.

The Stonewall Inn, which has been owned by Kurt Kelly and Stacy Lentz since 2006, has been shuttered for more than three months. On June 13, they started a GoFundMe page.

[i]"We are reaching out because like many families and small businesses around the world,"[/i] the owner's GoFundMe page reads. [i]"The Stonewall Inn is struggling."[/i]

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  • James

That would be a sad state of affairs. No one remembers the "riots" in Las Angles or San Fran that occurred before Stonewall, don't remember the people that died during that time. If would be a travesty for the same to happen to Stonewall, just my thoughts, Jim
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Update is, the Go fund me has raised more than 300,000 dollars as of June 30th. This is not a lot of money to keep a national treasure alive, but is a good start. At the moment they are still functioning, take care, James
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