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When I traveled to New York City in May, I knew I wanted to stop by the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. The bar is a pivotal part of the queer rights movement because of what happened there 50 years ago: On June 28, 1969, LGBT patrons of the bar physically fought back against a police raid in what became known as the Stonewall uprising.

The activism that sprang from the uprising marks it as a turning point in American queer history. One year after Stonewall, the first Pride marches were held in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

When I visited the Stonewall Inn, the pictures I had in my mind were all in black and white — I was anticipating a scene straight out of the archival photos I’d seen earlier at the New York Public Library. But of course, the bar was in full color and felt very modern. At first, I didn’t feel the profound connection to history that I had been expecting, but that changed as I talked to the bar’s regulars. Queer people still need places to gather, feel safe and have a community, and the Stonewall Inn is still one of those spaces.

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