President Obama said Saturday there is still work to be done to push for equality for the gay community after establishing the first national gay rights monument.


"There's still work to do. As we saw two weeks ago in Orlando, the LGBT community still faces real discrimination, real violence, real hate," Obama said in his weekly address. "So we can't rest. We've got to keep pushing for equality and acceptance and tolerance." 

Obama Friday officially established the country's first national gay rights monument at New York's Stonewall Inn, the site of a police raid in 1969 that helped ignite the American gay rights movement. 

"Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights," Obama said Saturday. 

"I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country — the richness and diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us. That we are stronger together. That out of many, we are one. That’s what makes us the greatest nation on earth. And it’s what we celebrate at Stonewall — for our generation and for all those who come after us."

Naming a monument at Stonewall Inn as a national monument has been in the works for months. But its official commemoration on Friday comes as America’s LGBT community reels from the mass shooting that killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub earlier this month. 

That attack, categorized by federal officials as both a hate crime and terrorist attack, has added fuel to the debate over federal legal protections for the LGBT community that had already played out publicly and acrimoniously in the U.S. House this year. 

The Stonewall designation is part of an Obama administration effort to highlight the LGBT rights movement around the country.