Lawmakers: Make Stonewall Inn a national park site

Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer and Congressman Jerrold Nadler, have launched a campaign to have The Stonewall Inn designated as the first national park site dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history.

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Stonewall, where bar patrons resisted a 1969 police raid and helped touch off a more aggressive phase of the fight for gay rights, is a designated landmark in New York City.

The Stonewall Inn tavern is the site of a 1969 uprising that’s considered a key moment in gay rights movement.

Supporters of the effort include the National Parks Conservation Association, the Human Rights Campaign, 11 members of Congress, 37 members of the New York State Assembly, 13 New York State Senators, and numerous local politicians.

The two lawmakers say they are first asking President Obama to declare Stonewall a monument.

Standing in front of Christopher Park, the slender green wedge opposite the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, & flanked by almost a dozen authorities officers & activists, the 2 lawmakers stated they would introduce legislation for a national park there.

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“It’s important to expand the diversity of this story presented by the National Park Service, in this case, to present the story of the struggle for civil rights of LGBT Americans”, Nadler told the Washington Blade. In Seneca Falls, New York, Women’s Rights National Historical Park tells the story of the first Women’s Rights Convention held there in July 1848.

Screenshot from protests at Stonewall Inn