About the Film


In the summer of 1969, a group of young people — LGBTQ street kids, trans folks, gender non-conforming youth, drag queens, and allies — fought back against a police raid of a popular New York City gay bar, The Stonewall Inn. This uprising became the match that ignited the still fragile gay rights movement. In the years since, the LGBTQ community has gathered together near Stonewall in times of celebration, mourning, and protest.

In 2016, Christopher Park and the streets surrounding Stonewall were designated a National Monument. From police riots to park rangers, Stonewall: The Making of a Monument explores the celebrated, complicated, and contentious legacy of Stonewall and the ways in which this small corner of New York City has become hallowed ground – and a “town square” – for many LGBTQ folks around the world.

Director’s Statement