Yesterday, The Stonewall Inn officially became the first national monument in our nation dedicated to LGBT rights. It is both a time for soulful celebration and sober reflection. Since the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the movement has grown, evolved, and gained company. It was a big deal when President Obama mentioned Stonewall in his second inauguration speech, it was a big deal when talk sprung up about Stonewall getting its national honor, and it’s a big deal now that Stonewall has the monument.
OBAMA: “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.”