Friday, June 24, 2016


On Friday, in a move that shows how things have changed, President Obamadesignated The Stonewall Inn — site of the 1969 rebellion credited with igniting the modern movement for gay rights — a national monument. On June 28, 1969, about 200 people refused to cooperate with police after one of their regular raids on the bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Instead, the people rioted in what has been called the “Rosa Parks moment” for the gay community.  
“Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights,” Obama said in a statement. “I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country, the richness and diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us. That we are stronger together. That out of many, we are one.”

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