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Legislation Introduced to Create National Park Site Honoring the History of America’s LGBT Elders

Site of 1969 Stonewall Uprising Launched LGBT Civil Rights Movement in America

[New York, NY] U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) introduced legislation on December 10th to create the Stonewall National Historic Site. This site would be the nation’s first national park site dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history.

The Stonewall National Historic Site will help preserve, protect, and interpret the site of the Stonewall uprising, considered the start of the LGBT civil rights movement in America, for the benefit of present and future generations. As part of the National Park System, creation of the Stonewall National Historic Site will add to our historic understanding of the discrimination faced by LGBT individuals as well as the ongoing struggle to achieve civil rights for LGBT persons. Uniquely and importantly, a national park in Greenwich Village would invigorate historic preservation of LGBT history in the neighborhood, where the modern LGBT equal rights movement began in the summer of 1969.

Of the news, Michael Adams, CEO of Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE) said. “A Stonewall National Historic Site will help ensure that we do not forget the legacy of Stonewall, the history of discrimination against the LGBT community, or the impassioned individuals who have fought to overcome it.”

Earlier this year, a national campaign was launched to push for the creation of a Stonewall National Monument. Organized by Congressman Nadler, the list of officials announcing their support included U.S. Senators Gillibrand and Schumer, eleven Members of Congress, 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.

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