After the worse mass shooting in American history in a Orlando night club, a new national monument has been created.
President Obama has declared the Stonewall Inn, a historic gay bar in New York City, as the first national monument dedicated to LGBT rights.
“I’m designating the Stonewall National Monument as the newest addition to America’s National Park System,” Obama said in an statement.
The site of the landmark 1969 Stonewall riots against the New York Police Department, the Stonewall Inn has long symbolized the LGBT community’s fight for visibility and progress.
“Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights,” he said. “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.”
The new monument will celebrate the 1969 riots that ensued after the NYPD raided the popular gay bar to enforce a city ordinance that forbade serving alcohol to homosexuals. When patrons refused to comply with the police’s orders, a crowd formed in protest of the police. By the next day, the crowd had turned into a full-on riot.
The news about the national monument at the Stonewall Inn also arrives in tandem with Newsweek’s reports that the Pentagon have repealed its ban on transgender members—marking a historic win for the LGBT community.