In 1963 our second floor was home to the first lesbian bar in Philadelphia. You paid a $2 cover to get in, and you received drink tickets. The owner, Rusty Parisi, became famous after an interview for the feminist newspaper Wicce, where she told her story.
One year after that, on March 8, 1968, the police raided the bar, the women were verbally abused, and some were even booked and kept overnight.
After a second raid just days later, and community backlash, the police issued a statement that “homosexuals have been, are now, and will be treated equally with heterosexuals.”
The police statement was considered a huge win for gay rights back in the 60s.