New York's Stonewall Inn Will be the First LGBT National Monument
Almost a year after New York City's famous Stonewall Inn was unaminously granted landmark status by the New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission, President Obama announced his intention to make the space a national monument. This would be the first official monument to recognize LGBT rights.
The Greenwich Village tavern was the epicenter of the 1969 Stonewall riots, which erupted after police raided what had become a haven for the LGBT community. That moment has been touted as the beginning of the modern gay rights movement; celebrations took place there when then Supreme Court to legalized same-sex marriage last year.
An official announcement from the president has yet to come, but reports say meetings took place this week to consider turning the bar into a monument like the Statue of Liberty or Fort Sumter. Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton chimed in on the news writing about her excitement on Twitter. “Stonewall: the birthplace of a movement, and soon a national monument for equality,” she said.
The official announcement would be timed well for LGBT Pride Month in June.