First LGBT Monument in US Established in New York City
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President Barack Obama has designated the site of the historic 1969 Stonewall uprising as the first national monument in the U.S. to honor LGBT rights, CNN reported.
"This week I'm designating the Stonewall National Monument as the newest addition to America's national park system," Obama said Friday in a video obtained by CNN.
According to CNN, the White House said the monument would include Christopher Park, the Stonewall Inn, and the surrounding streets and sidewalks where patrons of the gay bar stood up to police during a raid on June 28, 1969. The event, as well as weekslong protests outside the bar, are known as the beginning of the gay rights movement.
"The recognition of Stonewall as a national monument is an important step in recognizing our vibrant past and spotlighting the unique contributions LGBT Americans make to the rich fabric of our nation," Callen-Lorde Community Health Center executive director Wendy Stark told CNN.
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Because of the Stonewall uprising, gay pride is celebrated in the month of June in cities around the world. Cincinnati held its annual pride parade Saturday morning. San Francisco is celebrating this weekend, and New York City will host their parade on Sunday.
"In light of the Orlando massacre as well as the daily violence and discrimination our communities still face, it's never been more important to observe LGBT history in this way," Stark told CNN.
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