Two years ago, New York Senator Chuck Schumer kicked off NYC Pride at The LGBT Community Center to announce Google.org, the philanthropic arm of the tech behemoth, had awarded a $1M grant for the Stonewall Inn project. The LGBT history project to be run by The Center in conjunction with the National Park Foundation to record and preserve the accounts of the Stonewall riots in June of 1969; the birth of the LGBT Community; and its fight for civil rights. Schumer said,
“The purpose is to spread the word about the Stonewall uprising and the progress we have made as well as the distance we have to go. And it sends a great message to Washington, especially in these times: We celebrate our diversity and cherish it, we don’t shrink from it and we don’t fear it.”
Last year, the digital project put the call out to the Community asking for their stories and historical items in an online video and today, Stonewall Forever, a Living Monument to 50 years of Pride, is a reality and like our Community a wonder to behold.
Asking visitors “to explore the history and add your piece to the monument,” the digital tribute to our Community is a dazzling, three-dimension, 360 experience welcoming visitors into an audio-visual collection of individual stories erupting into a virtual rainbow of unity. It’s simply awe inspiring, both for the historical legacy it preserves but its brilliant design and presentation.
Experience it for yourself,
Also released today, is a new documentary, Stonewall Forever. From NYC’s LGBT Community Center and directed by Ro Haber here’s how the film is described.
“The history of the Stonewall Riots is equally as cherished as it is charged. There are questions of who was there, who “threw the first brick” and who can claim Stonewall. This film doesn’t answer these questions but instead it aims to expand the story of Stonewall by including more voices in its telling.”
More information about NYC’s LGBT Community Center HERE
Learn more about Google’s $1B philanthropic commitment at Google.org
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