Once an epicenter of a pandemic outbreak, New York has recently passed a milestone of no deaths from the coronavirus. While the city and the state are clearly on the path of recovery and returning to normalcy, there is a lot of work ahead. Small businesses across the state, including bars and restaurants, were hit the hardest. Shut down and with zero customers (it is hard to imagine enjoying your favorite cocktail delivered!), they had to survive while waiting for government support. For LGBTQ community, being one of the vulnerable, hard times came, too. Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ movement, was closed early and faced a lack of funds very quickly.
The historic symbol had no right to disappear after its extraordinary service to the community for decades. Learned to struggle and survive at even harsher times, the team was determined to stay an iconic place afloat. On June 13, 2020, crowdfunding was launched to support Stonewall Inn. “The road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will be long, and we need to continue to safeguard this vital piece of living history for the LGBTQ community and the global human rights movement, and we now must ask for your help to save one of the LGBTQ+ community’s most iconic institutions and to keep that history alive,” read the statement of GoFundMe. With the target set at $100K, the fund has now reached $112K giving hope for a better future. It is worth noting the very first crowdfunding to support Stonewall Inn staff was dated back to April and brought $29K.
The entire team is passionate about reopening the place and can’t wait to celebrate the starting path to normalcy with frequenters and newcomers.
“We look forward to the day we can welcome all of you back, raise a glass, and celebrate the return to our normal lives. Until then, stay safe, take care of your loved ones, and be strong,” they said.
The community spirit will finally be restored, and LGBTQ people may begin discussing ways to thrive and ensure even more diversity and inclusion in NYC, nationwide, and around the globe.