Obama names NYC Stonewall Inn as first LGBT National Park

Obama names NYC Stonewall Inn as first LGBT National Park

You have got to be kidding me. Is this from The Onion? No, no, it appears legit. Obama really is all about “firsts.” He has designated the Stonewall Inn in New York City as the first national monument to be dedicated to LGBT rights and it is now officially part of the National Park Service.

The new Stonewall National Monument encompasses nearly 8 acres of the Greenwich Village neighborhood and includes Christopher Park and the historic Stonewall Inn, where riots in June 1969 were the opening salvo in the national campaign for LGBT rights.

As any historically competent American should know, the Stonewall Inn is a gay bar. It opened around 1967 at 53 Christopher Street in Manhattan, becoming the largest gay establishment in the U.S.

Interestingly, the money men behind the bar were said to be Mafia. In those days, a lot of businesses paid off the bosses in the area, but in this case, the payoffs usually went to the police. This didn’t necessarily keep the bar safe from police raids, but it allowed them to get advance notice.

The Stonewall Inn, 1969
The Stonewall Inn, 1969

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