The 1969 riots at NYC's Stonewall Inn were a historic turning point for the LGBT rights movement.
But often overlooked are the arrests that happened two years prior at the Black Cat Tavern in LA's Silver Lake neighborhood.
On New Year's 1967, gay patrons were celebrating in the usual ways to ring in the new year – hugging and kissing.
That's when undercover LAPD officers stepped in to raid the bar, ending the night with violence Sixteen people were arrested with six charged with lewd conduct because of that kissing.
It sparked one of the first gay rights demonstrations in the country. Weeks later in February, hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets demanding that the LAPD change its policy towards gay people.
The event also sparked the rise of The Advocate, then known as the news magazine The Los Angeles Advocate and one of the first LGBT-publications.
The demonstrations at the Black Cat don't get as much attention as Stonewall, but many activists believe it's just as important.