The Stonewall Inn, the most famous LGBTQ bar in the world, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help it survive the global pandemic.
Like so many other businesses, it has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic as NYC was the hotspot for the virus, leading to the its temporary closure.
The latest fundraiser has raised $6,000+ of the $50,000 goal. A message on Stonewall’s website says,
“We are reaching out because like many families and small businesses around the world, The Stonewall Inn is struggling.
Our doors have been closed for over three months to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of patrons, staff and the community. Even in the best of times it can be difficult to survive as a small business and we now face an uncertain future. Even once we reopen, it will likely be under greatly restricted conditions limiting our business activities.”
The Stonewall has changed ownership since the late 60s. The original Inn went out of business shortly after the original uprising that sparked the modern LGBTQ movement.
A bar named Stonewall returned to 51 Christopher Street between 1987 and 1989. Another bar, Jimmy’s Stonewall Place, opened in 1990 at 53 Christopher Street, and a year later, changed its name to Stonewall and the current management has run it as the Stonewall Inn since 2006.
“We resurrected the Stonewall Inn once after it had been shuttered – and we stand ready to do it again – with your help. We worked diligently to resurrect it as a safe space for the community and to keep the Stonewall Inn at the epicenter of the fight for the LGBTQ+ rights movement.
Today, we are asking you to help Save Stonewall! The Stonewall Inn faces an uncertain future and we are in need of community support.”
The building’s place in history has long been acknowledged. In 1999, the Stonewall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 2000 it was named a National Historic Landmark.
In 2016, the bar and its neighboring Christopher Park became the first designated US National Monument dedicated to the LGBTQ equality movement.
You can contribute to their GoFundMe campaign here.
(Photograph, Ruben Natal-San Miguel; via Queerty)