June 28, 1969 is considered by many the beginning of the Gay Liberation Movement. The Civil Rights, Feminist, Counter-culture, and Anti-War Movements had energized American society for rapid and radical change. In 1969, homosexuality was still a crime, and homosexuals were often targeted and harassed by the moral squads of metropolitan police departments. That began to change when New York police raided the Stonewall bar in Greenwich Village in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969. For reason often debated to this day, the homosexual patrons that night fought back. The raid turned into a riot and Gay Liberation and Gay Pride were said to be born as gay men and lesbians started to demand equal treatment under the law.