President Obama To Name Stonewall First Gay Rights National Monument
The idea is not new.
Many have desired that New York’s iconic Stonewall Inn, where the modern gay rights movement took root, should become the first national monument honoring the history of gays and lesbians in the country.
Now thanks to a proposal that is gaining steam, and more importantly the support of President Obama, the idea is about to come to fruition.
Designating the small swath of land will mark a major act of national recognition for gay rights advocates and their struggles over the last half-century. Since the 1969 uprising in Greenwich Village, the nation has enacted anti-discrimination protections, allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military and legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
Work still needs to be completed so the land will be transferred to the federal government. With time running out on the Obama Administration it is now expected that matters will move quickly.