Landmark Stonewall Inn Is Saved From Closure Amidst COVID-19

June 30, 2020 - 4:01 pm
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Last week headlines were buzzing after New York’s most historical LGBTQ+ landmark, The Stonewall Inn, announced that they were potentially going to have to permanently close its doors. Due to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, the prominent gay bar was struggling to stay afloat.

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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. As you may be aware, The Stonewall Inn is the first national gay historic landmark and the birthplace of the modern day LGBTQ rights movement. We celebrate and pay homage to those individuals who first stood up for gay rights and sparked the Stonewall Riots. Those brave souls who first stood up for their rights and the rights of others, triggered a global movement that continues to be celebrated world-wide via gay pride celebrations and parades. 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. It has been a community tavern, but also a vehicle to continue the fight that started there in 1969. Stonewall is the place the community gathers for celebrations, comes to grieve in times of tragedy, and rally to continue the fight for full global equality. 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 road to recovery from the COVID 19 pandemic will be long and we need to continue to safeguard this vital piece of living history for the LGBTQ community and the global human rights movement and we now must ask for your help to save one of the LGBTQ+ communities most iconic institutions and to keep that history alive. Thank you and we greatly appreciate your support during these difficult times for all of us. #savestonewall #stonewall #thestonewallinn #pride #wherepridebegan #lgbtq #lgbtqhistory #lgbtqrightsmovement *link in bio https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-the-stonewall-inn

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Owner, Stacy Lentz shared that the measures the bar was taking to safely serve customers was not nearly enough to keep the bar open. Lentz shared with CNN that the Stonewall Inn’s rent came to $40,000 a month. However, this week, after starting a GoFundMe to save the bar, a $250,000 donation was made in order to prevent the closing of the landmark monument.

The money raised from the Stonewall Inn’s GoFundMe campaign will go directly towards monthly rent and insurance for the bar. LGBTQ+ organization and major donor to LGBTQ+ causes, The Gill Foundation made the $250,000 pledge to ensure that the Stonewall Inn has a future amidst the pressures of the pandemic.

The Stonewall Inn is a cornerstone for Pride celebrations globally, to lose the bar would mean losing a piece of LGBTQ+ history. On their GoFundMe page the bar shares, “Stonewall is the place the community gathers for celebrations, comes to grieve in times of tragedy, and rally to continue the fight for full global equality. The road to recovery from the COVID 19 pandemic will be long and we need to continue to safeguard this vital piece of living history for the LGBTQ community and the global human rights movement.”

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