President Barack Obama announced Friday that the Stonewall Inn in New York City will be the new national monument dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.
The monument includes Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn bar, a small park next to the bar (Christopher Park), and the immediate vicinity where protests and riots erupted in 1969 have come to be known as the “Stonewall Uprising.”
On June 28, 1969, officers arrived at the Stonewall Inn to prohibit the sale of alcohol to gays. Many resisted the demand and riots, demonstrations and protests were held nearby. Christopher Park became a gathering place for members of the LGBT community to express their frustrations. This event is known to be a moment when the LGBT community across the nation joined together and demanded equality and respect.
Obama believes the national parks should reflect the full story of America, the richness and diversity, unique American spirit and let it known that we are stronger together.