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Stonewall Inn Poised To Receive National Monument Status

Impacting Travel | Rich Thomaselli | May 15, 2016

Stonewall Inn Poised To Receive National Monument Status

PHOTO: The Stonewall Inn (Courtesy Stonewall Inn)

New York City’s legendary Stonewall Inn bar, considered by many to be the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement, is poised to receive national monument status, according to multiple reports.

It would be the first national monument dedicated to the LGBT community.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis met with officials in New York last week to discuss the designation, a year after the Stonewall Inn was granted Historical Landmark status last year by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

President Obama is expected to easily approve the national monument as early as next month, coinciding not only with Pride Month and New York City’s Gay Pride Parade, but also with the 47th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

On June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn as it had done many times in the past, but this time patrons of the bar and residents of Greenwich Village fought back. The confrontations spilled out of the bar and into the street for three hours, with patrons – who normally lined up and accepted the ID checks, interrogation and, in many instances, arrest – outnumbering police by a 10-1 margin.

“For the first time in history Gay people refused to accept the status quo of oppression and stood up for themselves and, ultimately, the global Gay community,” according to the Stonewall Inn’s website. “The Stonewall Inn, and the rebellion here, became the iconic flashpoint that sparked the long, uphill battle towards equality for all members of the Gay community.   Often referred to as the “Rosa Parks moment” in Gay history the Stonewall rebellion paved the way for future members of the community to not accept treatment as second-class citizens but rather to expect that the LGBT community be treated as equals in the eyes of both the government and society at large.”

The monument would be located on Christopher Street, near where the Stonewall Inn is located.

The bar, which was shut down for years after the riots, reopened in 1990 and was purchased in 2006 by new owners who have preserved the history of the bar, albeit in a much smaller space than it was in 1969. 

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