Stonewall Inn Window Smashed With Baseball Bat by Straight Teen

The historic bar is the first U.S. national landmark honoring the LGBTQ community.

A teen vandal smashed the front window of the Stonewall Inn, the first national landmark honoring the contributions of the LGBTQ community in America, early Saturday morning, the Daily News reports.

The historic bar, located in New York’s Greenwich Village, was the site of the 1969 riots considered by many to have sparked the modern LGBTQ rights movement.

Coney Island resident William Gomez, 19, was allegedly thrown out of the bar by a bouncer. Police say he returned hours later with a baseball bat and bashed in the establishment’s window and iconic neon sign around 4:30am Saturday, causing about $6,800 in damages. No one was injured.

Gomez, who was freed Saturday evening following his arraignment, was arrested near the scene and charged with criminal mischief and reckless endangerment. He was not, however, charged with a hate crime. Police confirm he has been previously arrested several times on charges of assault, criminal impersonation, and robbery.

Gomez’s mother tells the Daily News that her son is not gay and is expecting a child with his girlfriend. She also says that her son, who went to the bar with a group of co-workers, claims a bouncer punched him before booted him from the bar.

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“He said that a bodyguard was messing with one of his co-workers and he told him to stop,” she says. “He then thought the conversation was over but at one point he was punched in the face.”

The broken window and sign were repaired by the time the Stonewall Inn reopened Saturday afternoon on schedule.

In 2016, coinciding with the first anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling to legalize same-sex marriage, President Barack Obama declared the Stonewall Inn a National Monument, the first official National Park Service landmark dedicated to the fight for LGBT rights.

The bar, along with the adjacent park and surrounding area, is now federally protected to ensure its preservation for future generations.

The Stonewall Inn made headlines last month when it was reported that a bouncer denied entry to a queer blind person with a guide dog.

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