US Government Launches LGBT-History Initiative by Selecting Places of Historical Significance

Stonewall Inn and Sheraton Square. Image via Facebook

Stonewall Inn and Christopher Park. Image via Facebook

Seretary of the Interior Sally Jewell is expected to unveil a new LGBT-history initiative at New York Stonewall Inn that will ultimately lead to the National Park Service identifying “…places and events associated with the civil rights struggle of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans and ensure that the agency is telling a complete story of America’s heritage and history” and show the complete history of the “modern civil rights movement in the LGBT community.” According to a press release: “The theme study is part of a broader initiative under the Obama Administration to ensure that the National Park Service reflects and tells a more complete story of the people and events responsible for building this nation. The National Park Service has ongoing heritage initiatives to commemorate minorities and women who have made significant contributions to our nation’s history and culture, including studies related to Latinos, women’s history, and Asian American and Pacific Islanders.

So, how will locations of significance be selected? According to the AP, Jewell will select a panel of 18 scholars who will “identify relevant sites and its work will be used to evaluate them for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, designation as National Historic Landmarks, or consideration as national monuments…” [Bil]


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