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Obama to Name Stonewall First National LGBT Rights Monument

Stonewall Inn
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The Manhattan bar was the birthplace of the modern LGBT rights movement.

President Barack Obama is reportedly planning to name the Stonewall Inn as the first national monument dedicated to LGBT rights.

The bar, located on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, was the site of the Stonewall riots on June 28, 1969, during which queer patrons fought back against a police raid. The rebellion was recently, and terribly, depicted in Roland Emmerich's Stonewall.

Related | Straight Outta Stonewall: How Roland Emmerich Turned Gay History into Fantasy

The news comes from two anonymous sources "familiar" with the Obama administration but not authorized to publicly discuss the plans.

According to the AP, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and the head of the National Park Service will travel to New York on Monday for a public meeting on the proposals, which would cover a small park on Christopher Street and the surrounding area.

Last year, the Stonewall Inn was declared a New York City landmark, the first site in the city designated a landmark because of its significance in LGBT history. It was previously declared a National Historic Landmark in 2000.

In case you were wondering '(cause I was) a landmark is "officially recognized by the United States government for its outstanding historical significance" whereas a monument is "a protected area that is similar to a National Park, but can be created from any land owned or controlled by the federal government by proclamation of the President of the United States."

Either way, President Obama is further cementing his legacy on LGBT rights, so thanks, Sasha and Malia!

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