New Hope has always been a prototype community for LGBTQ+ individuals who felt included and accepted. A place where one could be themselves openly. But, like the country, we have enjoyed the advent of national recognition and movement towards protecting and legalizing equality.

Why the Stonewall Inn is important to our community?

The legendary Stonewall Inn is the birthplace of the modern Gay Rights movement. On June 28th, 1969, the patrons of the Stonewall Inn fought back against what had become regular, tolerated, city-sanctioned harassment by the police department. For the first time in history, Gay and Transgender people refused to accept the status quo of oppression and stood up for themselves and, ultimately, the global Gay community.

The Stonewall Inn and the rebellion here became the iconic flash-point that sparked the long, uphill battle towards equality for all members of the Gay community. Often referred to as the “Rosa Parks moment” in Gay history the Stonewall rebellion paved the way for future members of the community to not accept treatment as second-class citizens but rather to expect that the LGBTQ+ community is treated as equals in the eyes of both the government and society at large.

After the Stonewall riots, gays and lesbians in New York City, like the rest of the country and worldwide, faced gender, race, class, and generational obstacles in becoming a cohesive community.

Now some 50 years after Stonewall, the LGBTQ+ community around the globe commemorates that historic time at The Stonewall Inn by holding Pride Parades. Those celebrations of Gay pride are to recognize how far we have come, to remember those less fortunate who came before us and to remind those who may have grown complacent, how far we still must go to achieve true equality. Stonewall National Monument is the first U.S. National Monument dedicated to LGBTQ+ rights and history.

It received its National Monument designation on June 24, 2016. The designated area includes Christopher Park and the block of Christopher Street bordering the park, which is directly across the street from the Stonewall Inn in NYC.

New Hope has always been a prototype community for LGBTQ+ individuals who felt included and accepted. A place where one could be themselves openly. But, like the country, we have enjoyed the advent of national recognition and movement towards protecting and legalizing equality.

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