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Six New York City locations dedicated as LGBTQ landmarks


Six historical LGBTQ locations in New York City were designated as landmarks on Tuesday, NBC News reported.

The Audre Lorde Residence in Staten Island, Caffe Cino and The LGBT Community Center in the West Village, the James Baldwin Residence in the Upper West Side, the Women’s Liberation Center in Chelsea and the Gay Activists Alliance Firehouse in SoHo were all given the designation.

{mosads}Previously, Stonewall Inn was the only historical LGBTQ location to be given the designation by the New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.

“We’re thrilled that the city is recognizing these sites and establishing them as integral spaces in LGBT and American history,” Ken Lustbader, co-director of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, told NBC.

“Millions of people will be in New York City visiting Stonewall for its 50th anniversary, but while Stonewall marked a turning point, LGBT history predates Stonewall and the city is full of places that reflect that rich history.”

The new designations comes during Pride Month, a yearly period to commemorate the Stonewall riots in 1969, a key moment in the history of the LGBTQ rights movement.

New York City also renamed its historic Gay Street to Acceptance Street for the duration of the month.
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