stonewall riot

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Stonewall Riot definition


A disturbance that grew out of a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a popular hang-out for gays in Manhattan's Greenwich Village in 1969. Such raids long had been routine, but this one provoked a riot as the crowd fought back. The riot led to the formation of the Gay Liberation Front and to a new level of solidarity among homosexuals.

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