Today marks the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

In the early morning hours on June 28, 1969, police performed a raid of the Stonewall Inn, a New York City gay bar. The customers and their supporters took a stand, and the event turned into a violent protest and led to a days-long series of riots. ⁠

The next year, in 1970, New York's first official gay pride parade set off from Stonewall and marched up 6th Avenue. In honor of Stonewall, June was later designated LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the uprising. ⁠

📸 Bettye Lane, via First Run Features