Trump to Review Stonewall Inn's Landmark Status

Stonewall Inn At Risk

President Trump is scheduled to review all national monuments appointed under the Obama administration, putting the future of Stonewall Inn's landmark status in jeopardy. 

A pillar of LGBTQ history, the Stonewall Inn is largely regarded as the birthplace of the queer movement, kickstarting in June 1969 with a riot against regular police raids on the bar. New York's marginalized LGBTQ community fosterd the uprising, with drag queens and transgender women of color leading the resistance. 

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"Trans women, particularly trans women of color, are the mothers of the LGBT movement," Transparent's Hari Nef said during an anti-Trump rally outside the Stonewall Inn this February. "I have heard it said, and I believe, that Marsha P. Johnson, a black trans woman, threw the first brick at Stonewall."

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According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Trump will sign this week an executive order to request a review of all national monument designations in the past 21 years. This will "discern whether [the monuments are within the law's intent," the paper reports. 

President Obama classified the Stonewall Inn a National Monument just last year, saying, "Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights."

 

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