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Biden, Elton John to Visit Stonewall Inn, Site of Gay Rights Riots During NYC Visit

President Joe Biden and Elton John are set to visit New York City this weekend, including touring the site of the Stonewall Riots.

Biden and John are scheduled to visit the Stonewall Inn, which commemorates the gay rights riots that took place on June 28, 1969. New York PostThe visit to the Stonewall Inn comes the day after Biden’s debate with former President Donald Trump and before he attends a fundraiser at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

Also known as the Stonewall Uprising, the riots began when New York City police officers “raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village,” and sparked the rise of the gay rights movement. History.com.

John, who is openly gay, has been a vocal advocate for same-sex marriage, saying in June 2014 that he would support it “if Jesus Christ were alive.”

Recent press release Remarks from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) highlighted the “victories” that Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have “secured” for LGBTQ+ Americans.

“President Biden stands against the extreme anti-LGBTQ+ policies of President Trump and his MAGA minions,” DNC communications director Tracy King said in a statement. “The Biden-Harris Administration has reversed President Trump’s hateful executive orders that targeted the LGBTQ+ community. President Biden has advanced the Respect Marriage Act, which protects marriage equality in federal law. On his first day in office, he signed an executive order to protect LGBTQ+ Americans from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, continues to lobby Congress to pass the Equality Act, and became the first president to issue a proclamation recognizing Transgender Day of Visibility.”

During his presidency, Trump called on countries to decriminalize homosexuality where it is illegal, and he also appointed Rick Grenell as acting director of national intelligence, making him the first openly gay cabinet member in a Republican administration.

In May, a gay couple got married at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.