17. Stonewall Riots of 1969
One of the most important events in LGBT history, the Stonewall Riots erupted at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village (June, 1968) in response to the police raid against the gay patrons of the Inn.
Although such police raids on gay establishments were routine, the Stonewall riots quickly spiralled out of control. Tensions between police and gay residents of Greenwich Village took new heights on subsequent days.
The direct impact was the formation of several activist groups for a fair representation of a varied sexual spectrum. Within months, two gay activist organizations sprouted in New York, and some years later, the whole world followed suit. The LGBT Community commemorates this day by organizing Pride Events throughout the world.