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a pivotal event in Queer rights, ‘Stonewall’ refers to the Stonewall riots/uprising/rebellion of June 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, New York City, in which members of the Queer community fought back against police that became violent during a police raid (same-sex activity was illegal at the time).

This refusal to be victimised by an anti-Queer legal system and police force became a major event in the American fight for LGBT rights in the United States.

Although in other places, such as countries in Western Europe, same-sex activity was legal, it also had a profound effect in such places where Queer people were still stigmatised and had less rights, and is seen as a precursor for Pride Parades that occur across the world.

Originally published: 4th January, 2021
Last modified: 4th January, 2021