Stonewall is a place etched in history and in our collective memory. The Stonewall Uprising, which began at the end of June 1969, resulted in actions taken by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community to mark the end of LGBT invisibility. No longer would LGBT Americans be forced to accept being second-class citizens. Rather, LGBT Americans would fight, together, for their rights and for their very lives. And the turning point began outside the Stonewall Inn at Christopher Park in Greenwich Village.
It is time to have a national park site that tells the story of the LGBT Rights Movement. I write you on behalf of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), a non-profit advocacy organization that advocates on behalf of our national parks. As the voice of the parks, we work to speak up for our existing parks and advocate for new park sites, places to tell America’s untold stories.
This summer, President Obama could celebrate Pride by designating the first national monument dedicated to honoring and telling the history of Stonewall and the struggle for LGBTQ civil rights.