The Obama administration is preparing to create the nation’s first monument dedicated to the gay rights movement, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
The monument would be located in New York City’s Greenwich Village, commemorating the epicenter of the nation’s LGBT rights movement. The spot was the site of the 1969 Stonewall riots, which came in the wake of a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a bar popular among gay men.
“We must ensure that we never forget the legacy of Stonewall, the history of discrimination against the LGBT community, or the impassioned individuals who have fought to overcome it,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), who has championed the move in Congress, said in a statement. “The LGBT civil rights movement launched at Stonewall is woven into American history, and it is time our National Park system reflected that reality.”
The site in question is still being investigated to determine whether it is eligible for a public monument, but according to the report, President Obama is poised to designate the area under the authority of the National Park Service in June, which is LGBT Pride Month.