The raid sparked a riot among bar patrons and neighborhood residents as police roughly hauled employees and patrons out of the bar, leading to six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement outside the bar on Christopher Street, in neighboring streets and in nearby Christopher Park. The Stonewall Riots served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world. The s and preceding decades were not welcoming times for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT Americans. For instance, solicitation of same-sex relations was illegal in New York City. For such reasons, LGBT individuals flocked to gay bars and clubs, places of refuge where they could express themselves openly and socialize without worry.
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There will always be gay bars, but will they be as vivid, sexy, and subversive as the haunts of yore? To learn more about the places we miss, I turned to Kyle Supley and Michael Ryan , who specialize in documenting the formative days of bar hopping. Here's our chat:. Kyle: My favorite is probably the Ninth Circle a fab West 10 th Street steakhouse-turned-gay-bar full of leather clones, twinks, hustlers, and celebrity drop-ins, all either cruising, playing pool, doing drugs, or rubbing against each other. The location was so great--Mapplethorpe, Warhol and Lou Reed were all there in the late '60s. I also like Uncle Charlie's.
Julius' Bar, site of historic gay 'sip-in,' threatened by pandemic
Opened as a dry goods store in , the building at West 10th Street was already serving as a saloon by the s. Jacob Ruppert Brewery beer barrels serve as tables and stools. Chandeliers dangling overhead are made from wagon wheels of horse-drawn carriages that once delivered ice. Either the mob ran the establishment or bar owners would pay for protection to avoid being raided.
Photograph by Christopher D. This was particularly important because bars were one of the few places where gay people could meet each other. The sip-in was part of a larger campaign by more radical members of the Mattachine Society to clarify laws and rules that inhibited the running of gay bars as legitimate, non-mob, establishments and to stop the harassment of gay bar patrons. This refusal received a great deal of publicity, including articles in the New York Times and the Village Voice, at a time when issues involving discrimination against gay people were not generally discussed in the press.