Sunday, June 26, 2016

PRIDE! President Obama Will Designate New National Monument At Stonewall Inn (VIDEO)

The White House announced on Friday that President Barack Obama will officially designate a new national monument at the site of the Stonewall uprising to honor the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in the United States.

This will make The Stonewall Inn the first site in the National Park Service that recognizes the struggle for LGBT rights.

The new monument protects 7.7 acres of land in Greenwich Village, including the inn, Christopher Park and surrounding streets and sidewalks will be dedicated during Pride Month the White House said.


The Stonewall Inn became a touchstone of gay culture when it’s patrons fought back against harassment and police raids in June 1969. This act of defiance set off a chain reaction triggering similar acts of defiance and protests against the criminalization of homosexuality. This in turn set into motion the historic birth of the modern LGBT movement.

In a video about the designation President Obama says…

Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights. I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country—the richness and diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us. That we are stronger together. That out of many, we are one.

You can watch the full video here...


The White House said in a statement that they are “committed to continuing the fight for dignity, acceptance and equal rights for all Americans — no matter who they are or who they love.

Here are other advocates who have echoed the President’s recognition of the inn as part of U.S. history:

Theresa Pierno, president of the National Parks Conservation Association said in a statement...

There are places in America so powerful, they helped shape our nation’s history and culture, and must never be forgotten. Stonewall Inn, and the area surrounding this historic site, is one such place.

Tim Gill, co-chair of Gill Foundation, an LGBT philanthropic organization that advocated for Stonewall’s inclusion and funded a study on potential LGBT historic sites for the park service said…

LGBT history is American history, and it’s vital for our stories to be told and retold and remembered. The designation of Stonewall today helps to ensure that legacy for generations to come.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement...

There is no better time to acknowledge Stonewall as a national monument — a place that is central to our history and our values, not only as a city but as a nation,

 U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand said...

The Stonewall Inn is an icon in American history and a national monument designation at this site would help tell the story of the equal rights movement in America for generations to come. Every recent victory for the community, from the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ to the Supreme Court decision about the right to marry, is a result of the movement that began at Stonewall more than four decades ago.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said this of the designation...

This is a historic day for the LGBT community and there is no better site to serve as the national epicenter for LGBT equality than the Stonewall Inn. June of 1969 began a long and uphill struggle for LGBT equality, which has made so much progress, but unfortunately still continues today.

U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat said...

We must ensure that the events of Stonewall, the persecution of the LGBT community, and the brave individuals who fought — and continue to fight — to overcome it are given the place they deserve in our nation’s history.

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer said...

The Stonewall Rebellion is a rarity — a tipping point in history where we know, with absolute clarity, that everything changed,

An announcement about the monument has been expected for some time, and comes ahead of the 47th anniversary of the uprising and the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage throughout the country.

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