A message on Stonewall’s website said,
“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.”
Good news though!
A $250,000 donation (!!!) from The Gill Foundation, which supports efforts to secure equality for LGBT+people in the United States, has provided a lifeline for the bar.
“Stonewall is a cornerstone of LGBTQ history and it must be protected. LGBTQ history is American history,” said a statement from the foundation.
Stacy Lentz and Kurt Kelly, co-owners of the Greenwich Village bar, said in a statement:
“We are beyond grateful for this generous pledge that will help us keep the history alive.”
They have said the bar will be able to reopen on July 6, but only at 50% occupancy.
(via HuffPo; Bottom photo: Ruben Natal-San Miguel)