06/29/2014 08:15 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Gay Historical Sites, Past And Present: A Look At LGBT Relevant Places Across America


June 28 marks the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots -- a moment that has often been deemed "the genesis" of the contemporary lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights movement.

Still, other historical sites across the country where landmark LGBT rights moments have taken place are in abundance, and many of them go largely unnoticed. Among them is the Black Cat in Los Angeles, which has been deemed the "older sister" of Stonewall, as it was the site of the first documented LGBT civil rights demonstration on Feb. 11, 1967.

Also historically noteworthy of New York's Church of the Village, where the first PFLAG meeting took place in 1973, and New Orleans' UpStairs bar, which was the site of a deadly arson attack that killed 32 people that same year.

Take a look at LGBT historical sites around the U.S. below:

Historical Gay Sites