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LGBT Center seeks New Yorkers’ remembrances of the Stonewall Riots

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The center is calling on letters, diaries, oral histories, films, photos, etc. from the time of the riots in 1969

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The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center has launched a new project—Stonewall Forever—to uncover the numerous untold stories of people who lived through the Stonewall Riots, in 1969.

The center is calling on people to submit a host of materials—unpublished writings like letters and diaries, films, photographs, personal effects, Pride memorabilia, oral histories, and protest materials—all in the hopes of illuminating the chaotic period surrounding the riots in 1969, and the subsequent years of LGBTQ rights activism.

Those who lived through that period or might know someone who did have been encouraged to contact The Center through a form on their website. Starting next year, this project will live in the form of an exhibit at The Center, and as a continually expanding archive online at Google Arts & Culture.

Following the designation of the Stonewall Inn as a national monument in 2016, Google decided to contribute $1 million to The Center, which has now helped create Stonewall Forever. This year Google gave another $500,000 towards the project, according to the New York Times, which first reported on Stonewall Forever’s unveiling.

“This work is never done,” the Center’s executive director, Glennda Testone, told the Times. “We are still fighting for our rights and fighting for our community. And so remembering what we’ve done in the past, how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go is critically important right now.”