Obama to Name New York’s Stonewall Inn Nation’s First LGBT National Monument

Stonewall Inn and Sheraton Square. Image via Facebook

Stonewall Inn and Sheraton Square. Image via Facebook

With Pride right around the corner, the White House is expected to sign a proposal designating the Stonewall Inn, the site of the Stonewall riots, as the nation’s first LGBT National Monument. While it was named a National Historic Landmark in 2000 and a New York City Landmark five years later, the proposal will also require New York City to transfer land rights to the federal government—and not just the Inn, but pieces of the surrounding area, including Christopher Park.

According to the AP: “Proposals the Obama administration is considering include Christopher Park, a small public area on the street where the Stonewall is located, as well as the surrounding vicinity. At 51 Christopher St., where two adjoining buildings once housed the gay bar, the building where the current Stonewall Inn operates is still a popular gay gathering place. Originally built as stables in the 1840s, the structures still have the brick-and-stucco facade that greeted bar-goers in 1969.”

The proposal is expected to be signed by President Obama.


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