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Gay Activists Alliance

The Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) was formed in December 1969 by Jim Owles, Marty Robinson, Arthur Evans, Arthur Bell, and others, who became disaffected by the Gay Liberation Front (GLF),... Learn More

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99 Wooster Street

Gay Activists Alliance Firehouse

The Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) formed in December 1969 and became the most influential American gay liberation political activist organization in... Learn More

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West 42nd Street (between Eighth Avenue & Broadway)

Gay Activists Alliance, Gay Liberation Front, and Radicalesbians Demonstration Against Police Harassment at Times Square

A peaceful Times Square protest over recent increased police harassment against the LGBT community in the Greenwich Village and Times... Learn More

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2850 Broadway

Gay Activists Alliance “Demonstration of Affection” at the Gold Rail Tavern

The Gay Activists Alliance and other LGBT activists held a “demonstration of affection” protest on October 16, 1970, at the... Learn More

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1 Centre Street

Gay Activists Alliance Zap at the New York City Marriage Bureau

New York’s City Clerk Herman Katz became incensed over the publicity of a same-sex “illegal marriage” at the Church of... Learn More

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130 West 42nd Street

Gay Activists Alliance Zap at Fidelifacts of Greater New York

On January 18, 1971, the Gay Activists Alliance zap at Fidelifacts of Greater New York, in Times Square, highlighted that... Learn More

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1260 Avenue of the Americas

Gay Activists Alliance Zap at Radio City Music Hall

The Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) zapped a presidential campaign fundraiser for Mayor John V. Lindsay on January 25, 1972, after... Learn More

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180 Christopher Street

Gay Activists Alliance Community Demonstration / Zap at Christopher’s End

A large “Community Demonstration to Protest Syndicate Domination and Police Harassment of Gays” on Saturday night July 24, 1971, was... Learn More

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120 East 56th Street

Gay Activists Alliance Zap at the New York Republican State Committee Headquarters

A Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) zap at the headquarters of the New York Republican State Committee in Midtown on June... Learn More

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City Hall Park

Gay Activists Alliance Actions at City Hall

The Gay Activists Alliance held a number of zaps and other actions in City Hall Park from 1970 to 1975... Learn More

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5 West 63rd Street

Gay Activists Alliance Zap at the West Side YMCA

On August 6, 1971, the Gay Activists Alliance held a zap at the West Side YMCA to protest the Y’s... Learn More

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1335 Sixth Avenue

Gay Activists Alliance Zap at the Inner Circle Dinner at the New York Hilton Hotel

The Gay Activists Alliance’s April 15, 1972, zap of reporters’ Inner Circle dinner at the New York Hilton Hotel, to... Learn More

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240 Centre Street

Gay Activists Alliance Protest at New York City Police Headquarters

On November 11, 1972, the Gay Activists Alliance led a protest over never-ending police mistreatment of the LGBT community at... Learn More

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2 Park Avenue

Gay Activists Alliance Zap at “Harper’s Magazine” Offices

The Gay Activists Alliance held a zap in the form of an all-day sit-in of Harper’s Magazine’s offices on October 27,... Learn More

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67 Wall Street

Gay Activists Alliance Zap at the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission

On September 25, 1972, the Gay Activists Alliance zapped the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission to protest its... Learn More

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65 Court Street

Gay Activists Alliance Zap at the New York City Board of Examiners

The Gay Activists Alliance zapped the Board of Examiners, the agency responsible for the licensing of teachers, in downtown Brooklyn... Learn More

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110 Livingston Street

Gay Activists Alliance Zap at the New York City Board of Education

The Gay Activists Alliance held a zap at the Board of Education headquarters in downtown Brooklyn on January 25, 1971,... Learn More

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277 Park Avenue

Gay Activists Alliance Zap at Household Finance Corp.

The March 1, 1971, Gay Activists Alliance zap at the Household Finance Corp. was part of its coordinated campaign to... Learn More

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1000 5th Avenue

Gay Activists Alliance Zap at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The first public zap by the Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) occurred on April 13, 1970, in front of the Metropolitan... Learn More

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70 East 10th Street

Gay Activists Alliance Zaps at Saul Sharison Residence

On September 30 and October 3, 1971, the Gay Activists Alliance zapped the apartment building of Saul Sharison, chair of... Learn More

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1446 First Avenue

Founding of the Gay Activists Alliance at the Arthur Bell Residence

The Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) was officially founded in December 1969, after a number of activists left the earlier Gay... Learn More

Residences
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530 Sixth Avenue / 69 West 14th Street

Gay Liberation Front at Alternate U.

After the Stonewall rebellion in June 1969, the first LGBT activist organization formed was the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), in... Learn More

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80 Fifth Avenue

National Gay Task Force Headquarters

The National Gay Task Force (later National Gay and Lesbian Task Force), the first national gay rights organization, had its... Learn More

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99 Clinton Street

Gay Alliance of Brooklyn at Spencer Memorial Church

The Gay Alliance of Brooklyn was one of the first gay civil rights organizations established in New York City outside... Learn More

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Homophobia & Transphobia

Despite New York City’s reputation as being more LGBT friendly than most other places, LGBT-related discrimination, hate crimes, and harassment are part of its history, past and present. Sites in... Learn More

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149-155 Christopher Street

Village AIDS Memorial at St. Veronica’s Roman Catholic Church

The Village AIDS Memorial, one of the first public memorials in the city to recognize the epidemic, was officially dedicated... Learn More

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90 Kent Avenue

Marsha P. Johnson State Park

Marsha P. Johnson was a Black trans activist and Stonewall veteran who became a key figure in the gay liberation... Learn More

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200 Central Park West

American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History has been affiliated with numerous LGBT individuals, including Margaret Mead, Colin Turnbull and Joseph... Learn More

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296 Ninth Avenue

Church of the Holy Apostles

From 1969 to 1974, the Church of the Holy Apostles in Chelsea was one of the most important meeting places... Learn More

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51-53 Christopher Street

Stonewall Inn

From June 28 to July 3, 1969, LGBT patrons of the Stonewall Inn and members of the local community took... Learn More

Bars, Clubs & Restaurants
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116th Street & Broadway

Student Homophile League at Earl Hall, Columbia University

The Student Homophile League, the first gay student organization in the country, was founded at Columbia University in 1966 and... Learn More

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Jacob Riis Park

Riis Park Beach

The isolated eastern end of the beach at Jacob Riis Park has been a location for LGBT sunbathing and cruising... Learn More

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243 West 20th Street

Women’s Liberation Center

In the early 1970s, the Women’s Liberation Center was founded as an important meeting space for many women’s groups, including... Learn More

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401 West 24th Street

Vito Russo Residence

Best remembered for his pioneering book The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies, Vito Russo was also a significant gay rights... Learn More

Residences
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135 & 133 West 4th Street

Washington Square United Methodist Church & Parish House

The congregation of this former church was led by the pioneering, openly gay Reverend Paul M. Abels from 1973 to... Learn More

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33-23 171st Street

Manford Family Residence

In 1972, Queens schoolteacher Jeanne Manford publicly spoke out in support of her gay son Morty at a time when... Learn More

Residences
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247 W 11th St

Liberation House

In 1972, friends Leonard Ebreo and Alice Bloch co-founded Liberation House, an early post-Stonewall community center that provided health services... Learn More

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208 West 13th Street

LGBT Community Center

Since 1983, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center has served as a vital support system for hundreds... Learn More

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215 West 10th Street

Snake Pit

In 1970, less than a year after Stonewall, the police raided the Snake Pit bar and detained many people at... Learn More

Bars, Clubs & Restaurants
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82 West 3rd Street

Tenth of Always / Bonnie & Clyde

Tenth of Always operated on the raised ground floor here from around 1968 to 1972 and was where artist Andy... Learn More

Bars, Clubs & Restaurants
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1 Sheridan Square

Café Society / Ridiculous Theatrical Company

Café Society, what has been billed as New York’s first integrated club, featured many of the jazz giants and singers... Learn More

Performance Venues
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37 Ninth Avenue

West Side Discussion Group Center

This building in the Meatpacking District was the longest home of the West Side Discussion Group, which met here from... Learn More

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350 Bleecker Street

Craig Rodwell Residence / Arnie Kantrowitz Residence

Craig Rodwell, one of the key leaders of the pre- and post-Stonewall gay rights movement, moved into this recently-built apartment... Learn More

Residences
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201 West 13th Street

Metropolitan-Duane United Methodist Church

Openly gay Reverend C. Edward “Ed” Egan, Jr. led the Metropolitan-Duane United Methodist Church from 1971 to 1977, when he... Learn More

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149 West 14th Street

Kooky’s

Kooky’s, also known as Kooky’s Cocktail Lounge, was a lesbian bar that operated from 1965 to 1973. After the Stonewall... Learn More

Bars, Clubs & Restaurants
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91 Joralemon Street

Renée Cafiero & Nancy Garden Residence

Pre-Stonewall gay rights activists Renée Vera Cafiero and Nancy Garden moved to an apartment in this building in December 1964,... Learn More

Residences
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141 Montague Street

Brooklyn Heights Press Offices

In July 1966, the homophobic policies of The Brooklyn Heights Press, then headquartered in this building, were the focus of a... Learn More

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Christopher Park

Christopher Park / Stonewall National Monument

Located just across from the Stonewall Inn, Christopher Park has been at the center of the LGBT rights movement since... Learn More

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135 Charles Street

6th Police Precinct Station House

Following the March 1970 police raid on the Snake Pit, a nearby gay bar, 167 gay men were arrested and... Learn More

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59 Christopher Street

Mattachine Society Office

In 1972, the Mattachine Society Inc. of New York, one of the city’s most influential early gay rights groups, mostly... Learn More

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130 Stuyvesant Place

Richmond College

Housed in this office building, Richmond College, a division of the CUNY system that later became the St. George campus... Learn More

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715 Ocean Terrace

Staten Island Community College

Now occupied by a public school, the campus of Staten Island Community College, later the Sunnyside campus of the College... Learn More

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City Hall Park

City Hall Park

City Hall Park is the earliest known documented gay male cruising area in Manhattan, according to newspaper accounts beginning in... Learn More

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141 Prince St

Daughters of Bilitis Center

The Daughters of Bilitis Center was the first exclusively lesbian center in New York City and one of the first... Learn More

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143-147 West 11th Street

St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan

Beginning in the early 1980s, under the leadership of the Sisters of Charity, an organization within the Catholic Church, St.... Learn More

Medical Facilities