The Gill Foundation, the gay philanthropy organization, has stepped up its efforts to preserve the Stonewall Inn.
New York’s iconic bar — site of the 1969 queer riot against police brutality — has been struggling to survive during the coronavirus pandemic. Various fundraising efforts have launched to open those doors once again.
On June 28, the Colorado-based Gill Foundation announced it would match contributions up to $250,000 to “protect Stonewall Inn, which is on the brink of closure due to the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis.”
Gill Foundation co-chairs Tim Gill and Scott Miller said support would be earmarked for rent and utility costs.
“Stonewall is a cornerstone of LGBTQ history and it must be protected,” said Gill and Miller in a press release. “Queer people of color — including trans women of color like Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Miss Major — led the uprisings against police brutality at Stonewall and in doing so helped spark the movement for LGBTQ equality. We must preserve that history and the legacy of the activists who led the charge.”
Tim Gill is the inventor of Quark software. He created the Foundation’s Outgiving campaign that recruits philanthropists to secure large-scale and long-term financial support for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
The Stonewall Inn has been closed for three months. Located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, the space was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2000 and in 2016 became the first and only LGBT National Monument.