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Where we came from

Stonewall CDC was inspired by the courageous actions of those who fought during the Stonewall riots, recognizing their pivotal role in advancing LGBTQ+ rights. These pioneers, often belonging to the boomer generation, paved the way for the freedoms and privileges we enjoy today. It is only fitting that we extend our support to them now, as they may require assistance or care in their later years.

Our LGBTQ+ Community is the solution. We have the shared lived experience of the lifelong fight for respect. We have a history of building community networks of care and support. We have creativity, resilience and resources.


Marsha P. Johnson

One of the most prominent figures of the gay rights movement in New York City during the 60's and 70's was Marsha P. Johnson. Marsha, a drag queen, played a pivotal role in advocating for LGBTQ+ rights and was a key figure in the Stonewall uprising of 1969. As an activist and performer, she fought tirelessly for equality and visibility for the queer community, leaving an indelible mark on the history of LGBTQ+ rights.

The Stonewall Riots

The Stonewall riots, which took place in June 1969, were a pivotal moment in the LGBTQ+ rights movement. The riots erupted after police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village. The event sparked days of protests and clashes between the LGBTQ+ community and law enforcement, ultimately leading to increased visibility and activism for queer rights worldwide.

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AIDS Protests and Actions

These protests galvanized the community, sparking a wave of activism and leading to the establishment of numerous LGBTQ+ organizations and advocacy groups, ultimately paving the way for significant advancements in civil rights and equality. But the LGBTQIA+ community did more than protest. 

While ACT UP was forcing national awareness, a vast community response established new organizations like Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Housing Works, God’s Love We Deliver, DAIIR and dozens of others, mobilizing resources and human compassion to create a new community-based care network.

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