This morning, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously agreed to give The Stonewall Inn official New York City landmark status. The bar — which was the stage for historic gay rights protests in 1969 — is the first-ever space to get the city landmark designation because of its connection to LBGT culture. As Newsweek notes, the Stonewall is already a National Historic Landmark, and it's a member of the National Register of Historic Places. But the city landmark status will further protect the tavern from any developments in the neighborhood that could affect the building.
Michael Devonshire, a member of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, remarked: "This fantastic spot represents that period of strength and dignity for the LGBT community that absolutely deserves our resignation and protection." The decision coincides with the start of LGBT Pride Week in New York City.