Landmark Stonewall Inn Is Saved From Closure Amidst COVID-19

The New York City gay bar will continue its legacy

Marni Zipper
June 30, 2020 - 2:01 pm

Last week headlines were buzzing after New York’s most historical LGBTQ+ landmark, The Stonewall Inn, announced that they were potentially going to have to permanently close its doors. Due to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, the prominent gay bar was struggling to stay afloat.

Owner, Stacy Lentz shared that the measures the bar was taking to safely serve customers was not nearly enough to keep the bar open. Lentz shared with CNN that the Stonewall Inn’s rent came to $40,000 a month. However, this week, after starting a GoFundMe to save the bar, a $250,000 donation was made in order to prevent the closing of the landmark monument.

The money raised from the Stonewall Inn’s GoFundMe campaign will go directly towards monthly rent and insurance for the bar. LGBTQ+ organization and major donor to LGBTQ+ causes, The Gill Foundation made the $250,000 pledge to ensure that the Stonewall Inn has a future amidst the pressures of the pandemic.

The Stonewall Inn is a cornerstone for Pride celebrations globally, to lose the bar would mean losing a piece of LGBTQ+ history. On their GoFundMe page the bar shares, “Stonewall is the place the community gathers for celebrations, comes to grieve in times of tragedy, and rally to continue the fight for full global equality. 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.”

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