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Stonewall Inn in NYC is the nation's first national monument to LGBT rights

June 25, 2016

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The National Park Service, which turns 100 this year, has expanded its efforts to include sites that tell the story of the LGBT community and other diverse U.S. communities, park service director Jonathan Jarvis told CNN in April.

President Barack Obama announced Friday he was designating the area surrounding the Stonewall Inn in New York City as the nation's first national monument to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.

"This week I'm designating the Stonewall National Monument as the newest addition to America's national park system," Obama said in a video released by the White House on Friday.

"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," said the president.

The monument encompasses Christopher Park, the Stonewall Inn and the surrounding streets and sidewalks were the 1969 Stonewall uprising went down and the pride movement was birthed.

June is traditionally pride month throughout the globe, with millions turning out for parades and picnics. While most of those parades have taken a celebratory and partying mode in recent years, both the first parade and the modern gay rights movement can be traced back to the 1969 uprising at the Stonewall Inn.

"The Stonewall uprising, led primarily by people of color and people of transgender experience, was a watershed moment in our nation's history, sparking what many call the beginning of modern-day LGBT rights movements." said Wendy Stark, executive director of the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center

Obama's announcement came two days before the anniversary of the riots and New York City's Sunday pride march. Normally the parade is often celebratory, however the attack on the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse that killed 49 people adds a somber tone to this years festivities. However it is important that we don't the terrorists succeed an that we alter our lives to live in fear. So stay calm ... and Pride NYC.

Stonewall Memorial to Pulse




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