The Latest: Crowd gathers at Stonewall Inn for anniversary
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion (all times local):
Hundreds of people are gathering outside the Stonewall Inn in New York City to mark the 50th anniversary of the rebellion that catalyzed a movement for LGBTQ liberation.
New Yorkers and visitors from around the world filed past the landmark bar Friday, taking photos, awaiting musical performances and reflecting on the 1969 uprising.
Patrons at the gay bar resisted a police raid, sparking days of protests and longer-term organizing that made the cause of LGBTQ rights far more visible than it had been in the U.S.
Standing outside the bar, Robert Walker said: “Fifty years ago, people stood up for their rights, and look where we’re at now.”
The 58-year-old New Yorker and airline worker says he was “getting goosebumps just really thinking about it.”
New York City is marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.
In 1969, a police raid on a gay bar in Manhattan led to a riot and days of demonstrations that morphed into a sustained LGTB liberation movement.
The streets outside the modern reincarnation of the Stonewall Inn were blocked off Friday in preparation for a day of celebrations including musical performances and an evening rally.
The city’s huge Pride parade on Sunday also swings past the bar and a tiny, green park outside, which is at the center of the Stonewall National Monument.