Obama Administration Declares Gay Rights Landmark a National Monument

WASHINGTON – The Department of Interior today expanded the scope and definition of America’s national parks by devoting the first-ever national monument to the LGBTQ community at the Stonewall Inn in New York City's Greenwich Village. The monument commemorates the Stonewall uprising, a conflict between police and the gay community in New York City that garnered national attention and inspired the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement.

The following is a statement by Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“We tell the story of who we are through our national treasures, and the president’s decision represents a new definition of inclusivity for our national park system. Stonewall’s tiny urban park has a powerful cultural history—and using the Antiquities Act to declare it a monument helps us preserve for future generations the lesser-told story of the LGBTQ community's struggle for equality."

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