Definition of Stonewall from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



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  1. 1(also the Stonewall riots) fighting between the police and gay people that took place after the New York police raided a gay bar, the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in 1969. It was the first time that large numbers of gay people had resisted arrest and the Gay Liberation Front was formed shortly afterwards. The riot is considered as the event that marked the beginning of the gay rights movement.
  2. 2a group formed in 1989 which campaigns for the rights of gay people in Britain. It is involved in political lobbying (= trying to influence the government), carries out research into issues such as discrimination, and fights legal cases to support equal rights for gay people. It is now recognized as a charity.

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