Obama pushing for the first national monument to the LGBT rights movement.

Obama pushing for the first national monument to the LGBT rights movement. May 5, 2016

New York’s Stonewall Inn was the site of the 1969 Stonewall riots, which many historians believed was the very first spark of the modern gay rights movement.

Now President Obama plans to make the night club the first national monument honoring the history of LGBT people in the United States:

New York’s iconic Stonewall Inn, where the modern gay rights movement took root, will become the first national monument honoring the history of gays and lesbians in the U.S. under a proposal President Obama is preparing to approve.

Designating the small swath of land will mark a major act of national recognition for gay rights advocates and their struggles over the last half-century. Since the 1969 uprising in Greenwich Village, the U.S. has enacted anti-discrimination protections, allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military and legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

Though land must still be transferred to the federal government and other details worked out, the president is expected to move quickly to greenlight the monument following a public meeting Monday in Manhattan, according to two individuals familiar with the administration’s plans. They weren’t authorized to discuss the plans publicly and requested anonymity.

Thanks, Obama.

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