New York - 26 Giugno 50 Years after the Stonewall Riots, New York City Is Colored by Pride The 1960s, as well as the preceding decades, are known to have been hostile towards the LGBT individuals in the United States. Same-sex relations were illegal in the state of New York up until 1980, when NY v. Onofre overturned the existing sodomy law. Many members of the LGBT community were discriminated against, prosecuted, and even incarcerated. For this reason, gay bars and clubs were a place of refuge for LGBT individuals who wanted to socialize and openly express themselves. Those bars were frequently raided and their patrons harassed by police.