Stonewall Inn Becomes National Monument in United States
June 28, 2016 — Nearly 50 years ago, laws prevented a person from being homosexual. It was considered illegal, immoral, a disease. In New York City, the Stonewall Inn served as a safe haven for those that felt persecuted by society all those years ago. It all culminated in what the world knows today as the beginning of the LGBT Rights movement.
They had both devoted themselves to defending what was right. Their paths intersected on June 27, 1969 at Stonewall. https://t.co/u3ijDEc5Gf
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 27, 2016
Now, 47 years after the riots that started it all, June 27, 2016 marked another historical moment in the already tumultuous month of June, now officially recognized by President Barack Obama as National Pride Month. On Friday, before the anniversary of the historical riots, Obama declared the first ever LGBT monument to be recognized as a national park in the United States. Thousands gathered as ceremonies were held, speakers spoke from the heart, and supporters celebrated and rejoiced as the Stonewall Inn, the place that started the movement of generations, became officially known as a national monument of the United States.
“I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country,” President Obama stated in an address on Friday. “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.”
Now that the nation welcomes a new national park to the ones already recognized, many citizens feel this is the opportunity to take change seriously. After Obama’s address during his campaign for President years ago about change, the next generation looks forward to bringing positive change and progress in the future.