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LGBTQ heroes celebrated with wall of honour at Stonewall Inn in New York

Updated : 2019-06-28 09:56:22

A half-century after the launch of the modern LGBTQ rights movement, 50 trailblazers in the struggle for equality were honoured on Thursday with the unveiling of a wall of honour inside New York's historic Stonewall Inn. The ceremony fell on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising on June 28, 1969, when the Greenwich Village gay bar's patrons fought back during a police raid, sparking days of sometimes violent demonstrations to protest harassment. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) activists are still fighting for the achievements of their predecessors to be recognised. The ceremony was one of the many events and dedications throughout the Stonewall 50 World Pride celebration in New York, a series of days dedicated to observe LGBTQ advancements. All of the honorees are deceased. They include musician and AIDS activist Michael Callen, a gay man who was one of the first to publish the tenets of safe sex, and Marsha P. Johnson, a black transgender woman who is reputed to have thrown the first brick at the Stonewall riots. Two others are considered martyrs of the LGBTQ cause: Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California whose assassination made him a martyr of the gay community and Matthew Shepard, a gay college student whose murder in 1998 garnered national attention; and others. Since the riots, the Stonewall Inn has been completely remodelled. What was once an underground dive bar is now a two-story lounge with a large pool table and lush wood panelling.

Chuleta Divine, a member of the Imperial Court of New York, a social, fundraising organization which has raised millions of dollars for social service and health support organizations, smiles inside the Stonewall Inn in New York, US, June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Chuleta Divine, a member of the Imperial Court of New York, a social, fundraising organization which has raised millions of dollars for social service and health support organizations, smiles inside the Stonewall Inn in New York, US, June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
El Milton, 14, from Spokane Washington, plays the piano inside Christopher Park at the Stonewall National Monument in New York, US, June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
El Milton, 14, from Spokane Washington, plays the piano inside Christopher Park at the Stonewall National Monument in New York, US, June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Men walk across a rainbow coloured sidewalk at Christopher street near the Stonewall Inn in New York, US, June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Men walk across a rainbow coloured sidewalk at Christopher street near the Stonewall Inn in New York, US, June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
A rainbow flag, commonly known as the gay pride flag or LGBT pride flag, blows in the wind inside Christopher Park outside the Stonewall Inn in New York, US, June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
A rainbow flag, commonly known as the gay pride flag or LGBT pride flag, blows in the wind inside Christopher Park outside the Stonewall Inn in New York, US, June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
A performer sings on stage during the WorldPride 2019 Opening Ceremony, a combined celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots and WorldPride 2019 in New York, US, June 26, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A performer sings on stage during the WorldPride 2019 Opening Ceremony, a combined celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots and WorldPride 2019 in New York, US, June 26, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A performer sings on stage during the WorldPride 2019 Opening Ceremony, a combined celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots and WorldPride 2019 in New York, US, June 26, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A performer sings on stage during the WorldPride 2019 Opening Ceremony, a combined celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots and WorldPride 2019 in New York, US, June 26, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A performer sings on stage during the WorldPride 2019 Opening Ceremony, a combined celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots and WorldPride 2019 in New York, US, June 26, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A performer sings on stage during the WorldPride 2019 Opening Ceremony, a combined celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots and WorldPride 2019 in New York, US, June 26, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
The National LGBTQ Wall of Honor is seen hanging at the Stonewall Inn to honor leaders of the gay liberation movement in New York, US, June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
The National LGBTQ Wall of Honor is seen hanging at the Stonewall Inn to honor leaders of the gay liberation movement in New York, US, June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Members of the Imperial Court of New York, a social, fundraising organization which has raised millions of dollars for social service and health support organizations, pose for a picture inside the Stonewall Inn in New York, US, June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Members of the Imperial Court of New York, a social, fundraising organization which has raised millions of dollars for social service and health support organizations, pose for a picture inside the Stonewall Inn in New York, US, June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
People stand before the ceremonies for the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor at the Stonewall Inn to honor leaders of the gay liberation movement in New York, US, June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
People stand before the ceremonies for the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor at the Stonewall Inn to honor leaders of the gay liberation movement in New York, US, June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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