Stonewall: A bar’s path from illicit dive to LGBTQ landmark
NEW YORK (AP) — Fifty years ago, the Stonewall Inn was an underground gay bar where a police raid sparked a rebellion that fueled the modern LGBTQ rights movement.
Today, it’s still a bar, but a highly visible one. It’s a landmark, and the patrons flocking in this week to honor the Stonewall riots’ legacy include a gay police officers’ group.
The tavern in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village has undergone physical and ownership changes over the years. At points, it wasn’t a bar at all.
But as the rebellion’s 50th anniversary approaches Friday, the Stonewall Inn stands in part of its original space and serves as a gathering place and beacon for the LGBTQ community and others.
Stacy Lentz says she and co-owner Kurt Kelly understand they are “the innkeepers of history.”