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Obama designates Stonewall monument
2016-06-29

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President Obama designated a new national monument at the historic site of the Stonewall uprising in New York City to honor the broad movement for LGBT equality.

The new Stonewall National Monument is where, on June 28, 1969, a community's uprising in response to a police raid sparked the modern LGBT-rights movement in the United States.

The designation created the first official National Park Service unit dedicated to telling the story of LGBT individuals—days before the one-year anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision guaranteeing marriage equality across the United States.

The new Stonewall National Monument will permanently protect Christopher Park, a historic community park directly across from the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan's Greenwich Village.

Throughout his terms, Obama has been involved in several pro-LGBT developments, including hate-crime prevention, repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and banning LGBT discrimination for federal contractors, among other things.

On June 27, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis and White House Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett joined federal, state and local officials as well as LGBT leaders to participate in a public dedication ceremony to commemorate the designation of Stonewall National Monument in New York City.

In designating the Stonewall monument, Obama said at his weekly White House address:

"Hi, everybody. The story of America is a story of progress. It's written by ordinary people who put their shoulders to the wheel of history to make sure that the promise of our founding applies not just to some of us—but to all of us.

"Farmers and blacksmiths who chose revolution over tyranny. Immigrants who crossed oceans and the Rio Grande. Women who reached for the ballot, and scientists who shot for the moon. The preachers, and porters, and seamstresses who guided us toward the mountaintop of freedom.

"Sometimes, we can mark that progress in special places—hallowed ground where history was written—places like Independence Hall. Gettysburg. Seneca Falls. Kitty Hawk and Cape Canaveral. The Edmund Pettus Bridge.

"One of these special places is the Stonewall Inn. Back in 1969, as a turbulent decade was winding down, the Stonewall Inn was a popular gathering place for New York City's LGBT community. At the time, being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender was considered obscene, illegal—even a mental illness.

"One night, police raided the bar, and started arresting folks. Raids like these were nothing new—but this time, the patrons had had enough. So they stood up, and spoke out, and over the course of the next several days, they refused to be silenced. The riots became protests; the protests became a movement; the movement ultimately became an integral part of America.

"Over the past seven years, we've seen achievements that would have been unimaginable to the folks who, knowingly or not, started the modern LGBT movement at Stonewall. Today, all Americans are protected by a hate crimes law that includes sexual orientation and gender identity. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is history. Insurance companies can no longer turn you away because of who you are. Transgender Americans are more visible than ever, helping to make our nation more inclusive and welcoming for all. And one year ago this weekend, we lit the White House in every color—because in every state in America, you're now free to marry the person you love.

"There's still work to do. As we saw two weeks ago in Orlando, the LGBT community still faces real discrimination, real violence, real hate. So we can't rest. We've got to keep pushing for equality and acceptance and tolerance.

"But the arc of our history is clear—it's an arc of progress. And a lot of that progress can be traced back to Stonewall. So this week, 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. That's what makes us the greatest nation on earth. And it's what we celebrate at Stonewall—for our generation and for all those who come after us.

"Thanks everybody, and have a great weekend."


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