The Stonewall riots were a series of demonstrations by members of New York's gay community against police raids in 1969 that began in the early hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of Manhattan, New York City. They are widely considered to constitute the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the US.
Within a few years of the Stonewall riots, gay rights organisations were founded across the U.S. and the world. On June 28, 1970, the first gay pride marches took place in the US commemorating the anniversary of the riots. Similar marches were organised in other cities. Today, LGBT Pride events are held annually throughout the world toward the end of June to mark the Stonewall riots. The Stonewall National Monument was established at the site in 2016.
Illinois was the first state to decriminalize homosexual relations in 1962