2016-06-29 / Front Page


By John Toscano

Following the White House’s announcement on June 24th that President Obama will designate a new national monument at the historic site of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City to honor the broad movement for LGBT equality, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement:
“This tribute is well-deserved and has been a long time coming. Stonewall helped launch one of the great civil rights movements in our nation’s history. And as we celebrate LGBT Equality Day, while still mourning the loss of the 49 people in Orlando, this designation is another step in our country’s long march towards forming a more perfect union.
“This National Monument at Stonewall will help tell the story of the LGBT community’s fight for equal rights in America, and is integral to fully incorporating the diverse range of LGBT experiences into our nation’s history. The events around Stonewall, beginning in 1969, honor unique stories of American history, and its legacy is a part of the push for human rights and civil rights in the United States.
“I applaud the President and his Administration on this designation,” Maloney concluded, adding she looked forward to celebrating “all of the progress we’ve made to advance the rights of all Americans at New York City’s Pride Festival.”
NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights, Elmhurst) also released the following statement immediately following President Obama’s announcement:  
“Today, President Obama made history by designating the Stonewall Inn as a national monument. This Sunday, thousands of LGBT New Yorkers will march down Manhattan’s 5th Avenue to commemorate the Stonewall Rebellion, so this designation could not be more timely. I applaud the Obama administration for helping preserve such a vital part of our community’s history. As a longtime gay activist, it gives me great pride to know that our President values LGBT lives and our many contributions to American society.”

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