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Stonewall 50: Home

Learn more about the historic Stonewall Riots of 1969 that sparked the LGBT rights movements of the US!

Stonewall Riots and LGBTQ History

In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, as they had many times before, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in New York City’s Greenwich Village. But this police raid prompted a riot among bar patrons and neighborhood residents. Violent confrontations with law enforcement, and protests by members of the LGBT community who began demanding respect and resisting further harassment, continued for days. Fifty years later, these “Stonewall Riots” are considered the galvanizing force behind the gay liberation movement and modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States.

Stonewall Inn

Stonewall Inn

Photo by Diana Davies, copyright owned by New York Public Library

How to Use this Guide

Use this guide to find information available at the University of Georgia Libraries and online about the Stonewall Riots and other LGBTQ history. This guide provides a list of foundational texts, including memoirs and groundbreaking LGBTQ fiction under the Books tab; links to databases and other helpful information on how to research topics relevant to LGBT studies under Databases & Online Resources; a list of fantastic documentaries highlighting LGBTQ stories under the Films tab; and links to other resources on the web, including podcasts, blogs, social media, local LGBT archives and more under Other Web Resources.