Stacy Lentz

Stacy Lentz by Lindsey Thoeng

“It has been an honor and huge responsibility to carry on The Stonewall Inn legacy and to spread that legacy to the faces, spaces, and places that need it the most,” Stacy Lentz tells GO. As the co-owner of The Stonewall Inn and an LGBTQ+ activist, Lentz has helped organize hundreds of events and fundraisers for LGBTQ+ organizations. In 2013, Lentz also helped organize the March for Marriage rally, which united over 80 LGBTQ+ organizations and thousands of people in a call for the repeal of DOMA. She was among a group of investors who stepped in to save the beloved Stonewall Inn from closing in 2006; in 2016, a decade after it was saved, the iconic bar was named a National Monument, making it the first LGBTQ+ national monument in U.S. history. In addition to co-owning the bar, Lentz serves as the CEO and co-founder of The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative, a nonprofit that seeks to help the most underserved members of the LGBTQ+ community. No matter how much success she or the bar achieves, Lentz says she’ll keep working to uplift and give back to the community. “We have to continue the fight that started at The Stonewall Inn in 1969, as the fight isn’t over until we will reach full global equality and raise up the most marginalized among us.” —IL

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