Stonewall 50 Conference

October 26, 2019


Stonewall 50 Conference - October 26th @ Embry Riddle University

On June 28, 1969 New York City Police conducted a raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village. Homosexuality was illegal and police harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people (LGBTQ) was a common occurrence. But this night those who were beaten and arrested resisted, emboldened perhaps by the civil rights and women’s movements. The riot continued over the next 5 days and was a catalyst in galvanising the LGBTQ community and paving the way for the Gay Rights movement. On June 24, 2016 the Stonewall Inn became a National Monument making it the first United States National Monument designated as an LGBTQ historic site and the first site to fly an officially maintained LGBTQ rainbow flag at a federal monument.

Our 50th anniversary celebration and commemoration, in Daytona Beach at the end of June, will acknowledge and memorialize the events that took place at the Stonewall Inn a half century ago. Our goals are:

  • To affirm the memory and history of those who came before us. Those who bravely took a stand against oppression during the Stonewall uprising and catalyzed the Gay Rights Movement.

  • To mourn the loss of those who succumbed to HIV/AIDS or hate crimes.

  • To celebrate our achievements including decriminalization, anti-discrimination laws, hate crime legislation, gay marriage, and others.

  • To galvanize the LGBTQ community so we do not “let down our guard” and give in to regressive policies. We need to be prepared to continue the fight for equality.

In short: to learn, grow, affirm our history and accomplishments, to celebrate who we are, prepare for the future and enjoy each other in a safe, supportive environment.