Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Obama Poised to Create Monument to Gay Rights Movement

Could this be a parting gift to the LGBT community, who has benefited from President Obama's time in office more than many?

The Washington Post reports:
President Obama is poised to declare the first-ever national monument recognizing the struggle for gay rights, singling out a sliver of green space and part of the surrounding Greenwich Village neighborhood as the birthplace of America’s modern gay liberation movement. While most national monuments have highlighted iconic wild landscapes or historic sites from centuries ago, this reflects the country’s diversity of terrain and peoples in a different vein: It would be the first national monument anchored by a dive bar and surrounded by a warren of narrow streets that long has been regarded the historic center of gay cultural life in New York City. Federal officials, including Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), will hold a listening session on May 9 to solicit feedback on the proposal. Barring a last-minute complication — city officials are still investigating the history of the land title — Obama is prepared to designate the area part of the National Park Service as soon as next month, which commemorates gay pride. 
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1 comment:

Henry Holland said...

Meh, how about a monument at the real place where the gay rights movement started in America in 1950? That would be Harry Hay's house in the Silver Lake part of Los Angeles where The Mattachine Society formed. It's gotten recognition by the city of Los Angeles, but still.

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