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Commemorating the Stonewall Uprising: A Turning Point in LGBTQ+ History

By June 28, 2024No Comments

IntraSpectrum Counseling is proud to commemorate Stonewall Day 2024, a global campaign that celebrates the Stonewall legacy and the fight for LGBTQ+ equality. This reflection on Stonewall Day is authored by Dr. Leesa Contorino, PsyD-L, a member of the IntraSpectrum Counseling team.


Each June, communities around the world celebrate Pride Month, a time to honor and reflect on the LGBTQ+ movement’s history, struggles, and victories. At the center of these celebrations is the commemoration of the Stonewall Uprising, a pivotal event that ignited the modern fight for LGBTQ+ rights.

On June 28, 1969, a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village, sparked a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by the LGBTQ+ community. Police raids on gay bars were common at the time, often resulting in harassment and brutality. However, on this particular night, the patrons of Stonewall, led primarily by transgender women of color like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, fought back. The resistance against the police raid lasted for six days, with LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies taking to the streets to demand equal rights and fair treatment.

The Stonewall Uprising is often recognized as the catalyst for the gay liberation movement and the broader fight for LGBTQ+ liberation. In the aftermath, the first Pride marches were organized in cities across the United States, establishing June as a month of celebration, reflection, and activism. The legacy of Stonewall lives on, inspiring generations to stand up against injustice and advocate for equality.

Today, commemorating the Stonewall Uprising is more than a nod to the past; it is a recognition of the ongoing struggle for LGBTQ+ rights. While significant progress has been made, challenges remain, especially for our transgender and gender non-conforming siblings. As we head off to our Pride event this month, we honor the courage and resilience of those who fought back in 1969. Their bravery laid the groundwork for the freedoms and rights many enjoy today, including myself and my wife. Celebrating Stonewall is about acknowledging our history, recognizing how far we’ve come, and committing to the ongoing journey toward full equality for all. In commemorating Stonewall, we not only celebrate the past but also reinforce our commitment to a future where every individual, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, can live freely and authentically.

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Stonewall Day is is observed annually on June 28. As Chicago’s leading psychotherapy practice dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community, IntraSpectrum Counseling is proud to acknowledge and celebrate LVD. Every day, we strive to provide the highest quality mental health care for clients of all ages and across the spectrum of identities. For anyone needing affirming and validating support or healing with any issue, please click here or email us at