In the summer of 1969, new York city police raided a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn.

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Were detained about two hundred people who were built on the street near the bar. Many men were dressed in women's clothing. The police treated them rudely, insulted.

Gradually, other members of the sex minorities began to gather at the bar, and soon there was what later became known as the "Stonewall riot": the crowd clashed with the police, several visitors to the bar dropped to the ground, others at this time turned the police van. Soon to clash with the police, joined by residents of the area (not just sexual minorities), who knew that in fact the police regularly collected bribes from the owners of gay establishments. In fact, it most likely was the main cause of the riots: a corrupt police force at the same time profited from the sexual minorities and persecuted them.

Although it was not only homosexuals who suffered from police brutality that night, it was gays who were the main driving force behind the protest. One of the participants of the events recalled:

"Everyone in the crowd felt that there would be no turning back. That was the last straw... There were different people, but all had one thing in common — the reluctance to accept police lawlessness. We tried to get out of it. We began to demand freedom. And we weren't going to hide in the night anymore."

In the following hours, clashes with the police escalated to the point that to pacify the crowd had to connect a special unit engaged in dispersal of rallies. The bar eventually partially burned down. The riots continued the following night, when thousands of curious or sympathetic people came to Stonewall Inn. Another eyewitness recalled:

"The police were completely humiliated. This has never happened before. They have never faced such resistance from outside, including from men dressed as women. This angered them to such an extent that their faces could clearly read the desire to kill."

During the riots, 18 people were arrested and four wounded.

As the researchers later noted, the Stonewall rebellion was an important milestone in the struggle of gays for their rights. These events led to the creation of minority sex organizations for the protection of rights, to the publication of special Newspapers, and on the first anniversary of the events was the first in the history of the pride parade.

What happened next? On the 25th anniversary of the riot in 1993, more than a million people participated in the parade in new York. In 1999, the Ministry of internal Affairs of the United States appropriated to the building of the bar "Stonewall Inn" the status of national historical monument. It was only recently that the new York city police made an official apology for the excessive brutality during the suppression of the riots in 1969. "The actions of the NYPD were wrong," police Commissioner James o'neill said.

Of course, this story is not primarily about gays, but about the struggle of people, any people, for their rights.

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