Obama will name Stonewall Inn first national monument for LGBT rights

Obama will name Stonewall Inn first national monument for LGBT rights:


The historic Stonewall Inn in New York already has landmark status, but this week the Obama administration announced they are planning to make the site a national monument in honor of the LGBT rights movement. 

Federal officials, including Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, are traveling to New York for a May 9 meeting about the proposal, according to the Washington Post. City officials are still looking into the land’s title, but barring any complications, Stonewall should be declared a national monument as early as next month — just in time for Pride Month and New York City’s famous parade.

The Stonewall Inn was the site of a police raid in June of 1969 — when patrons fought back and stormed the surrounding streets, they sparked protests in New York City and around the country that are largely seen as the start of gay-rights activism. President Obama mentioned the bar in his 2013 inaugural address when he said the principle of equality should guide the country, “Just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall.” (His was the first mention of gay rights in an inaugural address, according to the AP.)