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The Black Cat in Silver Lake, ‘where pride began,’ gets historic state recognition

Summary by Ground News
On January 1, 1967, undercover police raided The Black Cat Tavern, a popular gay bar and restaurant on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake. Police arrested 14 men, and many were beaten and dragged outside. Six were accused and charged with lewd conduct for same-sex kissing. The next month, on February 11, around 500 LGBTQ+ community members and allies gathered outside the bar in a peaceful protest. It was one of the earliest national public gay rights demonstrations, predating the Stonewall riots in New York, and one of Southern California's earliest recognized public protests for gay rights. The famed tavern has since been named the first California historical landmark that honors LGBTQ+ history.

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