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In the 1960s, many American restaurants and bars would not serve homosexual patrons. In New York's Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn was one of several Mafia-run bars where gay people could socialize openly. Police raided the bar regularly, and one such raid, on June 28, 1969, turned into a six-day uprising known as the Stonewall Riots -- the event that would later be credited as a major turning point in the gay rights movement.
Graffiti written on the bar's exterior captures the gay community's frustration. Stonewall's mafia owners exploited the gay patrons, served overpriced, watered-down drinks, and bribed police officers to limit the number of monthly raids.|Getty Images;http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/stonewall_gallery_03.jpg|http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/stonewall_gallery_03_t.jpg|
A Christopher Street bar is raided by police. In an attempt to rid the city of supposed deviants, New York police officers frequently raided bars known to serve gay patrons in areas such as Times Square and Greenwich Village.|New York Public Library;http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/stonewall_gallery_06.jpg|http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/stonewall_gallery_06_t.jpg|
On June 28, 1969, New York City police officers raided the Stonewall Inn. As the bar patrons protested, more people gathered outside, and soon supporters began flocking to Greenwich Village. Although there were nearly 400 protesters, police arrested only 13 people over the course of the six-day riot.|New York Daily News;http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/stonewall_gallery_07.jpg|http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/stonewall_gallery_07_t.jpg|
A group of gay youth from the neighborhood, including Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt (far right), poses outside the Stonewall Inn during a lull on the second night of rioting. In the late 1960s, Greenwich Village had gained a reputation as a safe haven for gay youth.|Getty images;http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/stonewall_gallery_10.jpg|http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/stonewall_gallery_10_t.jpg|
The weekend of the riot, the Mattachine Society tried to restore peace amongst the various members of the Greenwich Village community.|Getty Images;http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/stonewall_gallery_11.jpg|http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/stonewall_gallery_11_t.jpg|
Immediately after the Stonewall riots, the Gay Liberation Front was founded to advocate for gay rights. Here, in the fall of 1969, young members of the GLF march through Times Square.|New York Public Library;http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/stonewall_gallery_12-alt.jpg|http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/stonewall_gallery_12_t.jpg|
Today, dozens of countries celebrate with annual pride parades in June. Here, Croatians celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in 2009.|Getty Images
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