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Gillibrand and Nadler Start Campaign to Make Stonewall Inn a National Monument

The birthplace of the gay rights movement might soon become a bona fide national monument.

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Jerrold Nadler are leading a campaign to get the Stonewall Inn designated as a national monument. The West Village bar — which was raided by the police in 1969 and subsequently became the scene for a series of historic gay rights protests — received New York City Landmark status earlier this year, and now Gillibrand and Nadler are urging President Obama to declare it a national monument. After that, Congress would vote on whether or not it would receive national park status. If that happens, the Stonewall would be the country's first national monument celebrating LBGT history. At an event in front of the bar yesterday, Gillbrand remarked: "When we look at our country, we have recognized women's rights, civil rights, all kinds of rights...The time has come to give this part of our history an imprimatur of national importance."

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