DemDaily: The White House Announces …

June 28, 2016

This week President Obama announced our country's newest civil rights monument - and the first national monument to honor the struggle for LGBT rights.

"I'm designating the Stonewall National Monument as the newest addition to America's National Park System. Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights. I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country, the richness and diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us. That we are stronger together. That out of many, we are one." -- President Barack Obama

The Stonewall National Monument honors the historic site of the June 28,1969 community "uprising" that sparked the beginning of a nationwide movement and struggle for the rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans.

In the early morning hours of that day, a riot broke out in response to a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, one of New York City's best-known LGBT bars at the time.

The Inn and nearby Christopher Park served as a popular gathering place for the gay community. The raid followed a history of harassment by local authorities and led to six days of demonstrations by thousands before it was over.

Stonewall Riots, 1969

The event is credited with inspiring the first nationwide, publicly recognized efforts on behalf of "homophile rights" in the US, and the evolution of today's modern movement.

The National Historic Landmark (NHL) includes the bar, Christopher Park, and the surrounding streets. The Stonewall Inn is located at 51-53 Christopher Street, New York City, New York and is open to the public.

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