NEW YORK CITY: President Obama Poised To Declare Stonewall Inn A National Monument To LGBT Rights

From the Washington Post:

President Obama is poised to declare the first-ever national monument recognizing the struggle for gay rights, singling out a sliver of green space and part of the surrounding Greenwich Village neighborhood as the birthplace of America’s modern gay liberation movement.

While most national monuments have highlighted iconic wild landscapes or historic sites from centuries ago, this reflects the country’s diversity of terrain and peoples in a different vein: It would be the first national monument anchored by a dive bar and surrounded by a warren of narrow streets that long has been regarded the historic center of gay cultural life in New York City.

Federal officials, including Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), will hold a listening session on May 9 to solicit feedback on the proposal. Barring a last-minute complication — city officials are still investigating the history of the land title — Obama is prepared to designate the area part of the National Park Service as soon as next month, which commemorates gay pride.

Teabagistan will be ever so pissed.

  • Tigernan Quinn

    I wonder if they’ll attempt to get our history correct in some way – because hearing every year that the Legion of Trans and Drag Queens Saved Us All is just as accurate as that entire Stonewall movie was.

    • pablo

      Ahem… Trans POC’s, oppressor.

    • cheakamus

      If they ever get that museum going, maybe there’ll be two narratives, just as there are at Little Big Horn. You can pick whichever one you want to listen to.

  • Todd20036

    Thanks Obama.

    • StraightGrandmother

      What a great response Todd, on so many levels.

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    • Glen

      😀

  • MBear

    LGBT “rights”: American LGBTS are at least half a century away from a reasonable semblance of “rights”

  • Bernie Keefe

    So Teabagistan is pissed, fuck em.

  • Mark McGovern

    Why would teabagistan be pissed? They are only concerned with fiscal conservatism and hands off government.

  • jizabel

    Yay! Though the cynic in me fears that this might make it an even bigger target for the bigots. I hope security is tight.

  • TMA

    I’m still waiting for Gerber House to get the historical recognition it deserves.

  • Cara Rosenberg
    • Todd20036

      I thought her sweet baboo was Linus

  • i can see how that could turn into a complicated mess, for the locals. of course i am happy to see Obama lead the way and recognize one of our places for what it is and should be today. i’ll be interested to read what the folks who come out for the “listening session” have to say.

    • Cara Rosenberg

      I’m picturing the ‘listening sessions’ to be far more insane than Park & Rec made them out to be lol

  • Mark

    A monument will be nice, and appreciated. Full civil rights with anti-discrimination expanded to cover everyone would be the crowning.

  • Rex

    Teabagistan being pissed is just icing on the cake.

    • better make sure it’s white icing.

    • StraightGrandmother

      I was on Twitter early this morning #CCOT (Conservative Christians on Twitter) and indeed they are tweeting this a LOT. Boy are they pissed.

    • SoCalVet

      well, just icing since they won’t make us a cake!

    • BobSF_94117

      Uhh… ewwwww.

  • canoebum

    The first drink I was ever served in a bar was at the Stonewall Inn. I was 16, it was the middle of the afternoon. The drink was gin and tonic, served by a smiling bartender.

    • TuuxKabin

      I visited NYC for the first time in June ’67, from SF. Went to the Stonewall with my traveling companion, had a drink and was asked to slow dance by a tall nice looking guy. Turned out he was from SF, living in NYC.

    • Robincho

      Lucky for you the NYC cops weren’t staging one of their little Stonewall “house calls” just then…

  • thom

    damn, im going to miss this president.! after a couple rocky years early on (defending doma, not endorsing gay marriage) he has turned into a great lgbt ally.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Can the National Park Service afford to maintain it?

  • Readen Reply

    Not mentioned here, but there has been talk of taking over the “other half of the old stonewall” and turning into a museum.

  • olandp

    How long will it take for the Bundy posse to occupy? You just know it would make their little peckers hard a a rock.

    • M Jackson

      They wouldn’t last one afternoon in Sheridan Square, I’d see to that.

    • Luke Owens

      Bundy Posse? HAS (micro) penises? They MIGHT get hard, but only as hard as yesterday’s pasta. (Sorry, my computer is down, and I logged in as my son by mistake. Bud Clark)

  • billbear1961
  • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • Hank

      Puuurrrfect Song to Rock and Celebrate with!!!

  • J S

    It was 1975 and I was only 17 years old. I had traveled such a long way by car with my buddies to get there. All the way from Indiana. I met a man in that bar. I fell madly. My friends drove back to Indiana but I stayed with him a while. He took me for the weekend out to Fire Island. There was no going back. Not really. I did go back of course. There was college to start. But I never felt like a boy again. I became a man that trip to New York. And the Stonewall was a dive I would never forget.

    • Robincho

      And there you are, thinking you’d never write a letter to The JMG Forum! But srsly, this is a very cool story. Lucky you!…

    • cheakamus

      Love that story!

    • JCF

      It was 1975 and I was only 13 years old. With my family, visiting from California, we stumbled upon the Gay Pride Parade (“Two-Four-Six-Eight, We Don’t Over-Populate!”: can never forget it!). Mind, BLOWN!!! It wasn’t AT the Stonewall…but it was probably only a few blocks away…

  • Tom000

    1. This is not the original bar, they just reused the name.
    2. Gay movement actually started in New Orleans.

  • TheManicMechanic

    If they make it a national monument, it will be even easier for Repugs to close it down, as they did with so many other national treasures a while back.

  • Glen

    I guess I’m not old enough to appreciate Stonewall.

    My main interest here is how this will make the religious nuts (Teabagistan)’s heads explode!

    That is ever so sweet. 😀

  • Guest

    My unsolicited $0.02 on Stonewall Inn:

    For me, that is a magickal spot. I visited once, on my first trip to NYC as an adult (1998, I think) with the sole purpose of going to the famous spot, having a drink and saying a silent toast to the courageous queens of the summer of ’69 who made their famous stand in the months before I was born. I happened to meet there the most gorgeous man I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. We shared a cab ride to Splash, made out on the dance floor, f*cked like dogs in heat in the bathroom and then went back to his hotel room and did it again and again the next morning. On some level, I think the benevolent spirits of those fierce queers of days gone past inhabit the Stonewall Inn (and they hooked me up with S****) that night.

    It’s a landmark in my mind (and certain parts of my anatomy) and if it’s now a national landmark as well, so be it.

  • ohbear1957

    I am so happy to have lived during the Obama Presidency. He’s been a tremendous ally.

  • JCF
  • BudClark

    I was there. My lover was at Columbia … I tagged along to cook and keep house for him, and play all the big pipe organs in NYC. We were on our way to Stonewall to party when it exploded. We stood across the street and watched. We DID dance at the newly-liberated Greenwich Village firehouse the next week. GOOD TIMES!