The historic bar has been in danger of permanent closure due to revenue lost during the pandemic. But now a gay millionaire is stepping in to save the Stonewall Inn from closure.
The foundation, started by gay tech entrepreneur Tim Gill, has pledged up to $250,000 to match others’ contributions to the bar, located in New York City’s Greenwich Village, the Washington Blade reports.
The inn, site of the 1969 uprising that helped launch the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement, was shut down for a time due to the global pandemic and has recently begun serving customers outside, but it has still been in danger of permanent closure because of lost revenue.
“Stonewall is a cornerstone of LGBTQ history and it must be protected,” Gill and Scott Miller, who cochair the foundation, said in a Facebook statement. “Queer people of color — including trans women of color like Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Miss Major — led the uprisings against police brutality at Stonewall and in doing so helped spark the movement for LGBTQ equality. We must preserve that history and the legacy of the activists who led the charge.” The announcement came Sunday, the 51st anniversary of the riots.
The area around the inn is designated as a national monument for its historic significance, but this designation does not bring federal funding to the bar itself. It was the first site associated with the LGBTQ+ rights movement to receive national monument status.