Obama to create 1st monument to ‘gay’ rights

By Cheryl Chumley

Crowds gathered on the evening of July 2, 1969, five nights after a raid on the Stonewall Inn.
Crowds gathered on the evening of July 2, 1969, five nights after a raid on the Stonewall Inn.

President Obama’s administration is poised to create the nation’s first “gay”-rights monument at what’s been commonly referred to as America’s birthplace of the LGBT liberation movement, Greenwich Village in New York City – and more specifically, a noted homosexual hang-out, Stonewall Inn.

There, in 1969, protests erupted that lasted for six days. The protests, which turned into a riot, came after police raided the inn over complaints of “gay” male activity.

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Now Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who represents New York, have scheduled a listening session to hear feedback on the declaration of a national monument for the site.

Obama, in the meantime, has indicated his willingness to designate the area as a national monument, part of the National Park Service’s area of oversight, as early as next month, the Washington Post reported. The monument would commemorate “gay” pride and LGBT rights.

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“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,” said Nadler, who has co-sponsored legislation to make the area a national park, the Washington Post reported. “The LGBT civil rights movement launched at Stonewall is woven into American history, and it is time our National Park system reflected that reality.”

Obama has mentioned Stonewall on a couple different occasions – first, during his inaugural address for his second term and second, during celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the civil rights struggle and march through Selma, Alabama, the Washington Post said.

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And Interior Department spokesman Amanda Degroff said Obama’s “made clear that he’s committed to ensuring our national parks, monuments and public lands help Americans better understand the places and stories that make this nation great.”

The White House has yet to make an official announcement about the “gay”-rights national monument.

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