The Stonewall Inn of New York City’s Greenwich Village is the birthplace of the modern Gay Rights movement. On June 28th, 1969, the patrons of the Stonewall Inn fought back against what had become regular, tolerated, city sanctioned harassment of LGBT people by the New York City police department. For the first time in history LGBT people refused to accept the status quo of oppression and stood up for themselves and, ultimately, the global Gay community. The Stonewall Inn, and the rebellion became the flashpoint that sparked the long, uphill battle towards equality for all members of the LGBT community. Historians and patrons present at the original Stonewall Inn refer to this as the “Rosa Parks Moment” in LGBT history. The rebellion paved the way for future members of the community to not accept treatment as second-class citizens but rather to expect that the LGBT community be treated as equals in the eyes of both the government and society at large.
Every June, global celebrations of Pride are to recognize how far we have come, to remember those less fortunate who came before us and, and to remind those who may have grown complacent, how far we still must go to achieve true equality.
Here at Stonewall Behavioral Health we celebrate small triumphs every day. We live the values of the origin of our name. We move toward behavioral and gay affirming mental health with regard to treating our LGBT clients and their Allies with respect, integrity, professionalism, compassion and empathy. Our name is a reminder to all that we serve the importance of our history and our legacy as people who are all created equal. It is more than a mere homage—but it reminds us of how important the Stonewall Riots and what they represent are to the LGBT people both here and around the world. We continue to do our best to help our clients thrive, prosper, and give back to the community that supports us all.