President Obama Reportedly Planning To Make Stonewall Inn A National Monument

It would be the first national monument to acknowledge the Gay Rights Movement.

May 04, 2016

According to The Washington Post, President Obama could make Stonewall Inn a national monument as early as next month. The bar in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village has remained an important symbol for the modern gay rights movement since discriminatory and violent police behavior led to riots there in the summer of 1969.


David Stacy, government affairs director of the Human Rights Campaign, told The Post, “history’s messy. [The Stonewall Riots] raised the consciousness of people throughout the country. It said to people, you don’t have to be quiet. You don’t have to stay in the closet.”

On May 9, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis and Representative Jerrold Nadler will explore the possibility of making the bar a national monument in a public meeting in New York City. “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,” Nadler wrote in a statement. “The LGBT civil rights movement launched at Stonewall is woven into American history, and it is time our National Park system reflected that reality.”

The Post also notes that President Obama has referred to the importance of Stonewall in several major speeches: his second inaugural address and a speech he gave to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the march on Selma, Alabama.

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President Obama Reportedly Planning To Make Stonewall Inn A National Monument