The US is going to get it’s first ever monument to the gay rights movement, as President Obama is set to declare the first monument recognising the contributions from LGBT people.
As mentioned in the title, the location for this monument will be none other than New York City. It will apparently be a “sliver of green space” and a section of the surrounding Greenwich Village neighbourhood, according to the Washington Post.
There will be a listening session taking place on May 9 about the monument with people such as Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) in attendance. This is intended to get feedback on the proposal.
City officials are still investigating the history of the land title, so there is a small chance for a last minute complication, but barring that President Obama is ready to designate the area as part of the National Park Service as soon as next month. June marks the month of gay pride, so it would be perfect timing if all goes to plan.
Nadler, who has co-authored legislation that would make it a national park, had this to say: “We must ensure that we never forget the legacy of Stonewall, the history of discrimination against the LGBT community, or the impassioned individuals who have fought to overcome it. The LGBT civil rights movement launched at Stonewall is woven into American history, and it is time our National Park system reflected that reality.”
The timing of this monument will also play nicely into the current discussions that are happening in the US. There has been a lot of push back since the country wide legalisation of same-sex marriage, which has seen scores of anti-LGBT and anti-trans bills raising their ugly heads like hydra. Such a strong show of support and recognition from the current administration would not only be a strong bolster to the LGBT community, it is also nice to see those that began the gay rights movement truly recognised.