Get ready for Stetson hats and leather hatbands at the Stonewall Inn. Today, President Obama declared the gay landmark and its environs a national monument, thus creating the first National Park Service unit dedicated to the LGBT movement.
The Stonewall National Monument, according to the White House, will encompass 7.7 acres, protecting the bar, Christopher Park across the street, and other streets and sidewalks where, in 1969, patrons had enough of police raids and rioted.
“The Stonewall Uprising is considered by many to be the catalyst that launched the modern LGBT civil rights movement,” the president wrote in a proclamation establishing the monument. “From this place and time, building on the work of many before, the nation started the march — not yet finished — toward securing equality and respect for LGBT people.”
New York City designated Stonewall Inn a landmark last June and it has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1999. National Park officials are now raising funds for a visitor center and a ranger station (that’s so YMCA).
Watch Obama make the official designation…