STONEWALL INN IS SAVED THANKS TO CROWDFUNDING AND THE LOVE OF OUR COMMUNITY
JUNE 30TH 2020
LIFE & CULTURE
After announcing last week (June 26) that it may be forced to permanently close due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Stonewall Inn has received a $250,000 (£203k) donation to save it..which is just EPIC. YOU did THAT.
The bar, located in New York’s Greenwich Village, is the first designated LGBTQ+ monument in America, and the site of the famed 1969 Stonewall riots, which celebrated its 51 year anniversary this year where we honoured the memory of our brave community who fought for our liberation.
Having been closed for three months due to COVID-19, The Stonewall Inn launched a crowdfunding campaign to save the establishment from shuttering for good and thankfully, it worked. At the time of writing, the campaign has raised $292,898 of its $300k goal. $250k of which was donated by the Gill Foundation, an organisation dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ+ community in the US.
“As the first and only LGBTQ+ National Monument,” The Stonewall Inn’s co-owners, Stacy Lentz and Kurt Kelly, said in a statement to Reuters, “Stonewall is home not only to the history of our community, but also the history of our city and country. We are beyond grateful for this generous pledge that will help us keep the history alive.”