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LGBT Caucus Applauds President Obama’s Designation of Stonewall National Monument

Sep 26, 2016
Press Release

1433 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515

Date: June 24, 2016         Contact:  Roddy Flynn, (202) 226-7572

LGBT Caucus Applauds President Obama’s Designation of Stonewall National Monument

Washington, DC – The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus applauded President Barack Obama’s designation of the historic site of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City as a national monument.  The long effort to obtain this designation was led by LGBT Equality Caucus founding member and current Vice Chair, Congressman Jerry Nadler (NY-10).

“On behalf of the LGBT Equality Caucus, I want to thank President Obama for this historic designation of Stonewall National Monument,” said LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02).  “Stonewall was the spark that activated the LGBT equality movement.  We owe a great deal to the courageous individuals who stood up and refused to give in to harassment and discrimination.  Particularly in the wake of the Pulse shooting, Stonewall’s memory inspires all of us to keep fighting every day until LGBT people have full legal and social equality.”

“Stonewall is finally taking its rightful place in American history, and I am proud to have championed this effort,” said LGBT Equality Caucus Vice Chair Congressman Jerry Nadler (NY-10).  “President Obama’s designation of the Stonewall National Monument recognizes that the events of Stonewall launched the modern LGBT civil rights movement here and around the world —like Selma did for racial justice and Seneca Falls did for women’s rights.  We are faced with painful reminders daily of how much further we must go to achieve true equality and tolerance for the LGBT community, but honoring and preserving the stories of all of the diverse participants in Stonewall in our National Park System is a clear symbol of how far we have come.  Thank you to President Obama for taking this important step and to my colleagues in government, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYS Senator Brad Hoylman, NYS Assemblymember Deborah Glick, NYC Councilmember Corey Johnson and our community partners for their leadership.”

Please contact Roddy Flynn at 202-257-8416 or with press inquiries.

The mission of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus is to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. The bi-partisan LGBT Equality Caucus is strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the U.S. and around the world. By serving as a resource for Members of Congress, their staff, and the public on LGBT issues, the Caucus works toward the extension of equal rights, the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and the improved health and wellbeing for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.