June 27, 2019
Greenwich Village, New York City (CNN) — When Maria-Elena Grant stops by the Cubbyholein Greenwich Village after work for a drink with friends, she can't help but remember the battles she's fought along the way.
A longtime hangout for lesbians and their friends, the Cubbyhole is one of the few lesbian bars in a neighborhood where the modern gay rights movement got national attention after a police raid at the nearby Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969.
"The gay pride parade wasn't a parade," Grant said. "It was a march, it was like a civil disobedience, it was a demonstration. It wasn't like having a fancy corporate float and all this money ... It was a civil rights action."
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