Fifty-three years ago, on June 28th, The Stonewall riots occurred as spontaneous protests by members of the gay community in response to the police raids at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan in New York City. The riots changed the course of history, indeed catalyzed the gay rights movement, and originated various gay activist groups worldwide. What started as a day to honor the brave individuals who stood up and protested for equality in 1969 is now a global celebration during the entire month of June.