Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Celebrating LGBT Pride Month: Stonewall Inn Designated National Monument

Photo Source: Yahoo News
On Friday, June 24, President Barack Obama named Stonewall and the area of the Stonewall riots as the first national monument to gay rights. In a video, the president said “Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights.”

The Stonewall National Monument includes Stonewall Inn and Christopher Park located across the street. The site covers 7.7 acres in Greenwich Village where the riots took place. The designation comes during the month of June, which is LGBT Pride Month, and only four days before the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots (see next post for the history of the event).

On Sunday, N.Y. Governor Cuomo announced that Stonewall would also be designated a state historic site. In addition, he announced that N.Y. would be the future home to an LGBT monument dedicated to the victims of the Orlando massacre and the victims of hate crimes everywhere.

Some of the information in this article is from CBS New York

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