The legacy of Obama will go down in history.
President Obama will reportedly mark Pride Month in June by designating part of a New York neighborhood surrounding the Stonewall Inn as the nation’s first gay rights national monument.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, National Park Service director Jonathan B. Jarvis and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrat, plan a listening session to solicit community response in the Greenwich Village neighborhood in lower Manhattan next week. Mr. Obama hopes to make a final designation handing the land to the National Park Service in June.
According to a report in The Washington Post, “barring a last-minute complication” possibly related to land titles, Mr. Obama’s declaration will cover a sliver of green space known as Christopher Park, the famous drag bar (which is still in operation), and several of the narrow nearby streets where New York City gay life was centered in the late-1960s.
The White House would not confirm the report.
Mr. Nadler and Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, New York Democrat, kicked off a campaign in September to create a national park honoring the Stonewall uprising, a series of riots by members of the gay community against a police raid at the bar in June 1969. It is considered a defining moment in the modern gay rights movement.