On the Tuesday before the riots began, police conducted an evening raid on the Stonewall, arresting some of its employees and confiscating its stash of illegal liquor.
Stonewall Crowd Erupts
June 27, 1969 - June 28, 1969
Stonewall Inn was packed when eight undercover police officers entered the bar. In addition to the bar’s employees, they also singled out drag queens and other cross-dressing patrons for arrest.
Transgender Women Resist, Bottles Thrown
June 28, 1969
According to witness reports, the crowd erupted after police roughed up a woman dressed in masculine attire. People started taunting the officers, yelling “Pigs!” and “Copper!” and throwing pennies at them, followed by bottles; some in the crowd slashed the tires of the police vehicles.
Police Retreat and Barricade Themselves Inside
June 28, 1969
As the paddy wagon and squad cars left to drop the prisoners off at the nearby Sixth Precinct, the growing mob forced the original NYPD raiding party to retreat into the Stonewall itself and barricade themselves inside. Some rioters used a parking meter as a battering ram to break through the door; others threw beer bottles, trash and other objects, or made impromptu firebombs with bottles, matches and lighter fluid.sometime after 4 a.m., things settled down. No one died or was critically injured on the first night of rioting, a few police officers reported injuries.
Stonewall Reopens, Supporters Gather. Police Beat and Tear Gas Crowd
June 28, 1969 - June 29, 1969
Stonewall Inn opened before dark the next night (though it wasn’t serving alcohol). More and more supporters showed up, chanting slogans like “gay power” and “we shall overcome.” Police were called out to restore order, including an even larger group of TPF officers, who beat and tear gassed members of the crowd.
Stonewall Becomes Gathering Point for LGBT Activists
June 29, 1969 - July 1, 1969
Gay activists continued to gather near the Stonewall, taking advantage of the moment to spread information and build the community that would fuel the growth of the gay rights movement
Activists Protest Newspaper Coverage
July 2, 1969
Village Voice’s coverage of the riots, which referred to “the forces of faggotry,” protesters swarmed outside the paper’s offices. Some called for burning the building down. When the police pushed back, rioting started again, but lasted only a short time, concluding by midnight.
First Gay Pride Parade at Stonewall
June 28, 1970
irst anniversary of the police raid on the Stonewall Inn, gay activists in New York organized the Christopher Street Liberation March to cap off the city’s first Gay Pride Week. As several hundred people began marching up 6th Avenue toward Central Park, supporters from the crowd joined them. The procession eventually stretched some 15 city blocks, encompassing thousands of people.