The Stonewall Riots are largely considered the catalyst for the Gay Rights movement in the United States. In the 1960s police raids of gay bars were a regular occurrence leading to frequent arrests. During the early morning of June 28, 1969 eight police officers attempted a raid on Stonewall Inn but local patrons fought back leading to riots and protests in throughout the area. These efforts sparked the current Pride Parades which are celebrated throughout the world. New York City’s Gay Pride Parade is one of the largest and most festive, occurring annually on the last Sunday of June.
To learn more about the Stonewall Riots check out this American Experience Gallery.