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In N.Y., White House poised to create first monument to gay rights struggle

Posted by Steve Schram on May 04, 2016 at 9:57 AM

Originally published on May 3, 2016 on The Washington Post by Juliet Eilperin.

President Obama is poised to declare the first-ever national monument recognizing the struggle for gay rights, singling out a sliver of green space and part of the surrounding Greenwich Village neighborhood as the birthplace of America’s modern gay liberation movement.

While most national monuments have highlighted iconic wild landscapes or historic sites from centuries ago, this reflects the country’s diversity of terrain and peoples in a different vein: It would be the first national monument anchored by a dive bar and surrounded by a warren of narrow streets that long has been regarded the historic center of gay cultural life in New York City.

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