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The Stonewall Rebellion, widely regarded as the catalyst for the modern LGBT liberation movement, is considered by many to be the single most important event leading to the fight for gay and lesbian civil rights in the U.S. Here on the morning of June 28, 1969, the police raided the Stonewall Inn. What followed were six days of sporadic riots by hundreds of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, demanding an end to police harassment, arrests and raids on gay establishments, which were common at the time. The conflict is viewed as the first time that gays and lesbians forcefully asserted their rights to equal treatment under the law. The original Inn, which closed in 1969, was located at 51–53 Christopher Street. The Inn and surrounding area was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2000.
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