The Stonewall Inn in New York City is already a historic landmark. The scene of protests and riots against police raids of gay meeting spaces in 1969, the bar has a long history of being an important part of the human-rights movement for those who identify as LGBT. And now the bar is about to become even more important: Reports are coming in that President Obama will designate the Stonewall Inn as the first national landmark dedicated to the movement to give equal rights to individuals who aren’t heterosexual.
Buzzfeed reports that the site could be deemed a national monument as early as next month. It will join more than 400 other sites that have been deemed important due to their “national or historic significance.” What this means, if the proposal to turn The Stonewall Inn into a national monument is accepted, is that the location’s legacy will be protected and that a small park would go in around the area.
Obama has repeatedly mentioned the significance of the Stonewall Inn, including during his second inaugural address in 2013. The site was dedicated as a New York City landmark last year, and lawmakers have lobbied the Obama administration for national park status.
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