Maloney urges President Obama to designate first national monument for LGBT equal rights at historic site of Stonewall rebellion
NEW YORK -- Today, in front of the iconic Stonewall Inn, U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney joined U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler, the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), the Human Rights Campaign, state and local elected officials, advocacy groups and community leaders to launch a new campaign to designate the nation’s first national park site dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history at Stonewall.
The national campaign launch has been organized outside of the historic Stonewall Inn and Christopher Park, in New York City’s Greenwich Village, where the modern LGBT equal rights movement began in the summer of 1969. As part of the lead up to the national launch, elected officials representing all levels of government in New York have sent the first letters to President Obama requesting the designation of a Stonewall National Monument. Organized by Congressman Nadler, the list of officials announcing their support includes U.S. Senators Gillibrand and Schumer, eleven Members of Congress including Maloney, thirteen New York State Senators, 37 New York State Assembly Members, five New York City Council Members, as well as the New York City Comptroller, Public Advocate, and Manhattan Borough President.
Two-thirds of America’s more than 400 national park sites are dedicated to cultural and historic significance. Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, New York tells the story of the first Women’s Rights Convention held there in July 1848, and the struggle for equality and civil rights. Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama, a national park site, traces the march led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the struggle for equal voting rights for African Americans. A national park at Stonewall would tell the story of the LGBT community’s fight for equal rights in America, and is integral to fully incorporating the diverse range of LGBT experiences into our nation’s history. The events that happened around Stonewall honor unique stories of American history and its legacy is a part of the push for human rights and civil rights in the United States.