#NYCPride: President Obama Is Going to Designate Stonewall Inn as a National Monument!

The majority of political news as of late has been nothing short of depressing. 

We don’t even want to talk about it.

But, it seems that a rare ray of sunlight has managed to peek through the clouds of horribleness, and right when we needed it most. 

Thanks to President Obama, the United States is about to get its first national monument dedicated to the gay rights movement. 

New York City’s Stonewall Inn, as well as Christopher Park, are expected to soon be designated a national landmark.

The Inn played an incredibly important role in the American gay rights movement, serving as a safe place for gay men to convene during a time when they lived in fear of being exposed, ridiculed, and attacked. 

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President Obama referenced the 1969 police raid and subsequent protests in his 2013 inaugural speech in an effort to sway the nation towards accepting marriage equality, so his decision to officially name the Inn a national monument comes at no surprise. 

mel_kuszmaul "We must ensure that we never forget the legacy of Stonewall, the history of discrimination against the LGBT community, or the impassioned individuals who have fought to overcome it. The LGBT civil rights movement launched at Stonewall is woven into American history and it is time our National Park system reflected that reality." -Congressman Jerry Nadler #StonewallInn

 

Despite the fact that the President has a limited time left in office, it’s reassuring to see that he’s clearly going to continue pushing his views on LGBT rights while he can. 

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[via TimeOut NY] [Feature Image Courtesy Instagram] 

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