President Barack Obama officially designated the Stonewall Inn as a National Monument today. The announcement was made just ahead of this weekend’s pride events in New York City.
“I’m designating the Stonewall National Monument as the newest addition to America’s national parks 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
On June 24, 2016 President Obama designated the site of the Stonewall uprising and birthplace of the modern LGBT civil rights movement the “Stonewall National Monument.” This new monument is a testament to the diversity, inclusiveness, and individual freedom that make America great.
I am happy to see this site dedicated as a National Monument. What many people do not realize is that the Stonewall Riots in 1969 were actually started by transgender women. I wish we would see more credence to the lives of Marsha P. Johnson, Miss Major and Silvia Rivera when honoring the Stonewall. I will be at New York City pride this weekend. I will certainly be thinking about them along with those we lost in Orlando. I hope those of you who will be in New York have a great time and that you stay safe. Sending a happy pride weekend and a big hug and a kiss to everyone!