The birth of gay pride and gay liberation, 45 years ago

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The Intelligencer looks at photographs of the start of the gay pride and liberation movements after the raid on the Stonewall Inn, which took place 45 years ago this week.

Diana Davies photographs Manuscripts and Archives Division/The New York Public Library/AstorLenox and Tilden Foundations | 14078

Diana Davies photographs Manuscripts and Archives Division/The New York Public Library/AstorLenox and Tilden Foundations | 14079

In the early hours of June 28, 1969, the crowd that lingered outside the club was still 500 strong, initially festive but increasingly angry as the raid progressed. The turning point came when the crowd saw the police slam a lesbian, who was struggling to resist arrest, against a police car | Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images | 14080

On July 31, a little less than a month after the uprising ended, a new militant movement was formally born with the formation of the Gay Liberation Front | Photo: Diana Davies/Manuscripts and Archives Division/The New York Public Library | 14081

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