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Tue May 31, 2016, 10:37 AM

A bar as a national monument? New York's LGBT landmark vies for honor

Source: Reuters

World | Tue May 31, 2016 6:48am EDT

A bar as a national monument? New York's LGBT landmark vies for honor

NEW YORK | BY GINA CHERELUS

The New York bar known as the birthplace of the gay pride movement could become the country's first national monument honoring LGBT rights under a plan to be considered by President Barack Obama.

The Stonewall Inn in Manhattan's Greenwich Village was the site of a 1969 police raid that touched off riots and ignited a long struggle to bring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people into the mainstream and guarantee their rights.

A year after the Stonewall riots, activists staged the country's first gay rights parade. The event has evolved into LGBT Pride Month, which begins Wednesday, with parades and street parties around the world that draw millions of people of every sexual orientation.

To honor that legacy, Obama is being asked to designate the tavern and adjoining Christopher Park as a national monument, the second highest recognition in the U.S. National Park Service. U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, several members of Congress and local and state officials have strongly endorsed the effort.

Stonewall is already a National Historic Landmark and both inn and park are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-lgbt-stonewall-idUSKCN0YM124

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Reply A bar as a national monument? New York's LGBT landmark vies for honor (Original post)
Eugene May 2016 OP
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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue May 31, 2016, 10:40 AM

1. absolutely yes

A marker for change.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue May 31, 2016, 10:54 AM

2. I knew it would be the Stonewall. Would've been my first thought even without the NYC reference.

And it deserves National Monument status.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue May 31, 2016, 10:54 AM

3. Definitely!!! n/t

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue May 31, 2016, 11:19 AM

4. Isn't the property still in private hands?

I can't think of any national monuments that are not possessed or controlled by the government.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue May 31, 2016, 11:30 AM

5. Yes

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Tue May 31, 2016, 12:58 PM

6. def yes . . . .n/t

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