Friday, June 24, 2016

President Obama Announces Designation of 'Stonewall National Monument' in New York City

We kind of knew it was coming -- but its timing couldn't be more perfect. 

From a White House release:
President Obama has sought to protect places that are culturally and historically significant, and that reflect the story of all Americans, including protecting about 265 million acres, more than any President in history. 
 That is why today, President Obama has designated a new national monument at the historic site of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City, honoring the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. The new Stonewall National Monument protects the area where LGBT people fought back against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969. This moment is considered to be one of the major sparks of the modern LGBT civil rights movement in the United States. This designation is the first official National Park Service unit dedicated to telling a major episode in the history of LGBT Americans, just days before the one year anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision guaranteeing marriage equality in all 50 States.
Chills. Here's wishing everyone a great pride weekend!

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