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The Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of LGBT movement, becomes a national monument

The Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of LGBT movement, becomes a national monument

With dozens of tiny rainbow flags fluttering from the facade of the Stonewall Inn and dignitaries assembled on the street outside, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt described the events of nearly half a century ago that led to this Greenwich Village bar on Monday becoming the first national monument dedicated to the struggle for LGBT rights.

On June 28, 1969, the New York artist was there when police officers broke down the door and charged inside what was then an illegal gay bar where patrons danced behind boarded-up windows.

Such raids were common. “We grew up in an era when everything was totally repressed,” Lanigan-Schmidt said. “Liberals thought we should be thrown...

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