Support Making Birthplace of LGBT Movement a Landmark

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Target: Meenakshi Srinivasan, Chair and Commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission

Goal: Designate The Stonewall Inn as a landmark for being the site of the birthplace of the modern LGBT movement.

The Stonewall Inn, viewed as the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement, is finally being formally considered for a landmark designation by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

In 1969, police vice squads raided gay bars regularly. It was illegal for LGBT people to be served alcohol or dance together. Bar patrons without I.D., those dressed in drag, and women wearing less than three articles of feminine clothing were arrested. On June 28th, 1969, The Stonewall Inn went from a popular gay bar to a historic flashpoint when patrons rebelled in violent protests that lasted almost a week. The nation’s first pride parades were held on the rebellion’s one year anniversary. To this day many pride parades are still held in June in commemoration and President Obama officially designated June LGBT Pride Month.

Although tourists make pilgrimages there and the building still retains its architectural integrity from the time of the rebellion, The Stonewall Inn’s landmark designation is not a given. If it is approved, this would be the first designation from the commission exclusively for a site’s significance to the LGBT community.

The Stonewall Inn already serves as a landmark–a reminder of how far the LGBT community has come and how far our society has yet to go. Please sign this petition to support the only thing missing from the story of The Stonewall Inn–the official landmark designation and protection from the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Srinivasan,

I would like to add my voice to the countless others in support of designating The Stonewall Inn as a landmark in New York City. As I’m sure you know it is considered the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement.

I understand this would be the first designation from the commission exclusively for a site’s significance to the LGBT community if it’s approved. I cannot think of a better location for this distinction than The Stonewall Inn or a better month for its official landmark designation. I believe the site is significant for us all because it was pivotal in national and world history. On June 28th, 1969, the patrons of the The Stonewall Inn turned the popular gay bar into an iconic flashpoint when violent protests erupted against the gay community’s second-class citizenship treatment.

Today police gay bar raids and arresting anyone in drag or women wearing less than three articles of feminine clothing sounds unbelievable. We can easily take this for granted, and this is why historic landmarks are important. They keep history alive, lest we forget.

The Stonewall Inn already serves as a landmark–a reminder of how far the LGBT community has come and how far our society has to go. The site is already a tourist pilgrimage destination and the building still retains its architectural integrity from the time of The Stonewall Rebellion.

Please add the only thing missing from the story of The Stonewall Inn–the official landmark designation and protection from the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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