Christopher Street is a street in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. The street received its current name in 1799, when the land was acquired by Charles Christopher Amos. Christopher Street is the site of the Stonewall Inn, the bar whose patrons started the 1969 Stonewall riots that are widely seen as the birth of the gay liberation movement. It was also at the center of New York's gay rights movement in the late 1970s. Its reputation as the gayest street in the Village, dates back at least to World War II, when it provided R&R for gay sailors, serving to this day as a symbol of gay pride. The Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee formed to commemorate the first anniversary of that event, the beginning of the international tradition of a late-June event to celebrate gay pride.
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