Robinson Speaks Before First Gay Pride March, 1969

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Robinson Speaks Before First Gay Pride March, 1969

Early on June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar on Christopher Street in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village, allegedly to look for alcohol-control violations. Patrons fought back against what they perceived as harassment, leading to several days of rioting and protests. The incident would come to define the start of the gay-rights movement in the United States. Here, one month after the raid, activist Marty Robinson speaks to a crowd of about 200 people before marching in the first mass-rally in support of gay rights, in New York on July 27, 1969.

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Christopher Street Liberation Day, 1970

People hold signs in support of gay rights during a march along Sixth Avenue in New York on June 28, 1970, to mark the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots. The march, then known as Gay Liberation Day, later became Gay Pride Day.

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Dick Ashworth At 5th Stonewall Anniversary

Lawyer Dick Ashworth marches in support of his son in the fifth annual Gay Pride Day march in New York on June 30, 1974. He later became one of the founding members of PFLAG, or Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

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Members of the Stonewall Veterans Association ride

Members of the Stonewall Veterans Association ride up Fifth Avenue during the 30th annual Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade on June 27,1999, in New York. The association is composed of people who opposed the closing of the Stonewall Inn in 1969.

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Gay Pride

Hillary Rodham Clinton, then a U.S. Senate candidate and first lady, waves to the crowd during the annual Gay Pride parade June 25, 2000, in New York.

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Gay Pride in New York

New York City Police Officer Miguel Montalvo marches in the annual Gay Pride Parade June 30, 2002, in New York.

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Christopher Street Day Celebration

A participant gets into the spirit of things during the Christopher Street Day festival June 25, 2005, in Berlin. Several thousand people showed up in the German capital for the annual parade to demonstrate for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and transexual people.

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A man disguised as the actress Cher marches during

A man dressed as the actress Cher marches in the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade in Hollywood on June 22. The city's celebration has become one of the largest of its kind in the country.

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New Yorkers Celebrate Gay Pride

Participants march with rainbow balloons in the Gay Pride Parade on June 24, 2007, in New York City.

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Banners and gay pride flags mark the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots at the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street on June 23, 2009, in New York.

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Image: Drag performers remember Stonewall riots in Times Square

Two Broadway dancers re-create the famous image of a soldier kissing a nurse at the end of World War II in a Times Square gathering to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the landmark Stonewall on June 25 in New York City. The Stonewall riots of June 28, 1969 began the modern gay-rights movement. Several performances and commemorations around New York and the country are planned this week to mark the occasion.

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Long strings of colorful balloons are on display past St. Patrick's Cathedral during New York's annual Gay Pride Parade on Sunday, June 28, 2009 in New York. Marchers marked the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall uprisings, a raid on the gay-friendly Stonewall Inn that was the starting point for riots that lasted several days in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. The event became a defining moment for the gay rights movement.

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Image: New York Holds Annual Gay Pride March

A couple on their motorcycle makes a statement about the contentious issue of gay marriage while participating in the annual New York City Gay Pride March on Sunday in New York. The annual march which includes 170 floats, thousands of participants and large crowds of supporters.

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