October 22, 2015
By Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
New York, NY – Last month, I visited The Stonewall Inn – the historic Greenwich Village bar where, in 1969, the Stonewall riots sparked the modern movement for LGBT equality.
In the almost 50 years since, the name “Stonewall” has become synonymous with LGBT rights. We’ve made incredible progress, but we still have more to do to achieve full equality for all Americans.Right now, the history of the LGBT community’s struggle for equality isn’t recognized in any of our national monuments. Designating The Stonewall Inn as a national monument would be an important step toward honoring the progress of LGBT Americans in our national story.
Recognition for this pivotal moment in the struggle for LGBT equality is long overdue. The National Park Service tells some of our country’s most important stories through its national parks and monuments, and it’s time we included LGBT stories in that retelling of our history.