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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: June 21, 2019 09:45 AM
From: Representative Malcolm Kenyatta
To: All House members
Subject: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots
As we celebrate “Pride Month” this June in recognition of the historical impact and outstanding accomplishments of LGBTQ individuals, the community will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a multi-day series of protests during the summer of 1969 that forever shaped LGBTQ activism.

Like many gay bars in New York in the 1960’s, the Stonewall Inn was no stranger to frequent police raids. However, on June 28, 1969, as New York City police raided the bar a second time within one week, it’s patrons, along with neighbors and onlookers, took a stand against being denied dignity and basic civil rights on account of who they were and who they loved. The Stonewall Riots, while not the first of such protests, inspired countless others around the world to demand widespread social change and led to the formation of many prominent LGBTQ organizations that have continued the fight for equality.

In recognition of the progress that has been made since 1969, I am introducing a resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. While we have come so far in regard to LGBTQ rights, we must also acknowledge the work that lies ahead of us. Please join me in co-sponsoring this important resolution which celebrates the pioneers who came together in solidarity at the Stonewall Inn to demand equal dignity and freedom for all Americans. Thank you.

Introduced as HR431