It’s official! President Obama has just announced the designation of Stonewall National Monument here in New York City to honor the struggle for LGBT equality throughout the nation. It joins existing national monuments for women’s rights in Seneca Falls, New York and for African-American rights in Selma, Alabama in recognizing hard-fought efforts for civil rights in America.
“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.”
While their significance is often underestimated or dismissed by heterosexual society, bars and other establishments have played a pivotal role throughout the 20th century as centers for LGBT activism and community. The designation of Stonewall National Monument recognizes a key moment in American history when LGBT people fought back against oppression that they had faced for decades.
The White House released videos about this historic announcement, which you can view below.