President Obama is about to announce the first-ever national monument paying tribute to the struggle for gay rights. The monument will be a grassy area and part of the surrounding Greenwich Village neighborhood, which is known as the birthplace of America’s modern gay movement.
This is definitely the first national monument anchored by a bar (Stonewall Inn) and surrounded by alley ways, which will make this monument very unique. This area has been regarded as the historic center of the gay rights movement.
Protests at Stonewall lasted for 6 days and began in the early morning of June 28, 1969 after police raided the bar, which was frequented by gay men. During this time the patrons decided to stand up for their rights and that is when a riot broke out and many of the patrons were detained.
We want to say thank you to President Obama for his work against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, which led to the landmark 2015 Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.
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