The Stonewall Inn, the first national gay historic landmark in the U.S. is in a bind. Can you help?

Black and white photo of Stonewall Inn with spot color.
Stonewall Inn where pride began. Fundraiser.

I don’t typically share information about fund-raising campaigns, but these aren’t typical times and The Stonewall Inn isn’t a typical gay bar. I’ve written about my personal connection to Stonewall here, and I’m asking you to consider supporting them in any way you can.

I was alerted to The Stonewall Inn’s troubles via a tweet from my favorite all-news radio station, 1010 WINS. (Yes, WINS is in New York and I’m in Baltimore, but that’s a story for another time.)

WINS reports that The Stonewall Inn is struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic—and could be in danger of closing for good. While many small restaurants and bars are in danger of permanently closing, very few are landmarks of this importance.

The owners of the historic Greenwich Village gay bar launched a GoFundMe page hoping to raise $50,000 in light of the bar’s “uncertain future.”

An owner of Stonewall, Kurt Kelly says, “We resurrected The Stonewall Inn once after it had been shuttered—and we stand ready to do it again—with your help.

“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, they added.

“And now we must ask for your help to save one of the LGBTQ+ communities’ most iconic institutions and to keep that history alive.”

Here’s the link to the GoFundMe page.
Visit Stonewall’s website.
Learn about the Stonewall Riots on Wikipedia.
Read about my joining the first march.

Thanks for doing what you can, if you can. And as always, feel free to share this post.

By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

1 comment

  1. Thank you for the alert – only saw it today and am pleased that it seems as if the fundraising goal can be reached. Not quite there yet, so will share via Facebook.

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