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Google donates $1 million to preserve memories of Stonewall Riots

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Google will donate $1 million to document the history of the Stonewall Riots.

The riots took place in 1969 following a violent police raid on customers at the iconic Stonewall Inn, a gay venue which is considered by many to be the birthplace of the modern day LGBT+ rights movement.

Now, one week ahead of the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots on 28 June, Google’s philanthropic branch Google.org have announced a $1 million donation to the LGBT Community Centre of New York.

The money will be used by the centre to create an oral history of the riots, where individuals who were involved in the movement will have their stories preserved for future generations to ensure our history isn’t forgotten.

Google’s head of external affairs in New York and California, William Floyd, said: “The Stonewall Riots were important to the ongoing road to civil rights for LGBT communities around the world.

“Their message is as resonant and necessary today as it was back then.”

He added: “These are the stories of transgender women of colour who fought back; of queer youth, many of whom were homeless, who bravely refused to be silenced; of the poorest of the LGBTQ community.”

The Stonewall Inn and its surrounding area was designated a national monument last year under Barack Obama’s presidency, after he called the venue “our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights”.

But earlier this year, it was reported that the current White House administration is looking to re-examine all locations that have been granted national monument status over the past 21 years, leaving activists concerned for the Stonewall Inn’s status.

The oral history project is set to be completed by 28 June, 2019, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

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