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The Historic Stonewall Inn Joins the New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce


The Historic Stonewall Inn Joins the New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce

On June 28th, 1969, the patrons of the historic Stonewall Inn fought back. The Stonewall Riots became a significant moment of the modern Gay Rights movement.

Wayne, NJ (June 1, 2023) – The New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce (NJPCC) is proud to announce that it has secured membership from The Stonewall Inn, located at 53 Christopher Street, New York, New York. This is Stonewall’s 1st year as a corporate member of the NJPCC. As the site of a significant moment of the Gay Rights movement, Kurt Kelly, an owner of the Stonewall Inn, has made it his mission to maintain the historic tavern as well as educate society on the true history of June 28th, 1969.

Additionally, the owners of the Stonewall Inn, with Stacey Lentz and Bob Kelly have created the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative (SIGBI) as the official and only charitable giving organization of the Historic Stonewall Inn, spreading the Stonewall Inn Legacy to the places, faces and spaces that need it the most. SIGBI partnered with the LGBTQ+ people all over the country to identify the following criteria. The SIGBI community includes those who are hyper-marginalized and often live in environments that are not affirming. These criteria reflect the needs of people facing daily challenges because of who they are.

“The Stonewall Inn means strength in numbers. Every time you put a rock on the wall, we become a stronger community” said Kurt Kelly, an owner of The Stonewall Inn. “The Stonewall Inn has supported dozens of LGBTQIA+ communities and initiatives across the tristate and country, including LGBT sports, but it is Kurt’s dedication to educating and protecting the history of the Stonewall Inn that keeps him going year after year. The chamber is immensely proud to have the Stonewall Inn logo displayed at its events and website” said Augusto Penaranda, Executive Director of NJPCC.



Since 2013, the New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce has been the premier LGBTQ+ and allied business organization committed to facilitating successful business collaborations and increasing the economic staying power of its diverse membership. As an inclusive platform for business visionaries, the Chamber is the first stop for LGBTQ+ and allied entrepreneurs seeking to grow and access opportunities. Its primary mission is to promote the economic growth and development of the local community and help to better serve its members’ businesses by providing resources and opportunities for education, networking, and community engagement.

For more information, please visit or connect with the NJ Pride Chamber of Commerce on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The NJ Pride Chamber of Commerce is an official affiliate of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). It offers LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) Certification ® as a benefit of membership with the organization. Certified LGBTBEs are routinely sought after by over 300 NGLCC Corporate Partners who are looking to increase their spend with the LGBTQ+ business community. Certified LGBTBEs are also eligible for scholarship programs, mentorship and leadership training, and other business development tools.

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