“No Cops at Pride”: How the Criminal Justice System Harms LGBTQ People

June 30, 2020

Urban Institute

On June 28, 1969, the New York Police Department raided the Stonewall Inn, a fixture of the Greenwich Village LGBTQ community. Unlike during previous raids, this time, people fought back, resisted, and rioted. Stonewall triggered a series of uprisings against the criminalization and police brutalization of LGBTQ people. Direct action–based community organizing led to the birth of the Gay Liberation Front, furthered the groundwork for the modern gay rights movement, and filled June with Pride.