About Us

History of Stonewall

Every summer since 1970, the GLBT community has celebrated Pride Fests in major and minor cities across this country. In Minnesota Pride is celebrated with Twin Cities Pride, Rochester, Mankato, Pine City, St. Cloud and Duluth.

Stonewall DFL participates in each pride-fest around Minnesota. You may have asked yourself where does the term Stonewall come from?

The 1960s was a turbulent decade in U.S. history including the Civil Rights Movement, Counter-Culture and anti-war protests.

The Stonewall Inn, located in the Greenwich Village area of New York City was the site of the Stonewall Riots. In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 police raided the Stonewall Inn and were resisted by Stonewall Patrons. For several nights the GLBT community resisted the police. These riots were the catalyst that sparked the modern day gay rights movement in the United States.

Pride Fests are held each year towards the end of June to honor the Stonewall Riots.

Candidate Training and Development

Stonewall DFL works with prospective candidates, helping them outreach to GLBT communities with messaging that is inclusive and respectful.

Support for Endorsed Candidates

Following an intensive screening process, Stonewall DFL endorsed candidates seeking local, state, and federal offices. Endorsed candidates can receive financial and/or volunteer assistance with their campaigns. Stonewall DFL members often look to our endorsements for guidance in choosing candidates.

Welcoming New LGBT Democratic Activists

Stonewall DFL actively outreaches to the GLBT community seeking to recruit the political leaders of tomorrow to get engaged in the political process.

Lobbying On Behalf Of Our Communities

Stonewall DFL lobbies and petitions our Minnesota state & federal lawmakers to advocate legislation that will bring equality and justice for all LGBT people.