On the 28th of June, 1969, eight officers from the New York Police Department raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village. Back then, these raids would happen all the time because there were enforced laws for gambling, prostitution, narcotics, but also homosexuality. So, cops could arrest people and force hospitalization just because they were gay.
The origin of Pride
This specific raid became different when the bar patrons suddenly fought back. Accounts vary on what happened exactly, but many say that butch biracial lesbian Stormé DeLarverie threw the first punch. Others say black transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson started the riots by yelling “I got my civil rights!” and proceeding to throw a shot glass into a mirror. And a third account said it started when Johnson and transgender woman of color Sylvia Rivera resisted arrest and were the first to throw a brick at police offers. Whatever the truth may be, it is well known that the Stonewall riots started with Marsha P. Johnson, a trans woman of color.