On the website for NYC gay bar Julius’, the Village institution’s historic connection to the fight for gay rights is rightly celebrated.
From the bar’s About section:
On April 26, 1966, four homophile activists staged a “sip in” at Julius’ to challenge the NYS Liquor Authority’s regulation that prohibited bars and restaurants from serving homosexuals. Accompanied by five reporters, the group visited a number of bars until they were denied service at Julius’, a longtime Greenwich Village gay bar. The incident drew a denial from the SLA chairman that his agency told bars not to serve homosexuals and precipitated an investigation by the chairman of the city’s Human Right’s Commission. (From: Becoming Visible, Penguin Studios 1998)
In the August 22 drama Love is Strange, starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, there is a great scene – shot at Julius’- that references this historic chapter. At one point, the bartender serving Lithgow and Molina’s characters mentions there is a framed clipping of the New York Times‘ 1966 coverage, “somewhere.”