Wednesday 28 September 2016

New York's historic Stonewall Inn dedicated as national monument to gay rights

Published 27/06/2016 | 21:06

A pride flag is waved passed the Stonewall Inn during the annual NYC Pride parade in New York City. Reuters/ Brendan McDermid
A pride flag is waved passed the Stonewall Inn during the annual NYC Pride parade in New York City. Reuters/ Brendan McDermid
The Stonewall Inn in New York, U.S., June 24, 2016. Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Local and federal officials have joined the LGBT community at a dedication ceremony for New York's Stonewall Inn as a national monument to gay rights.

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They gathered near the iconic tavern where the modern gay rights movement took root nearly 50 years ago.

President Barack Obama created the first national monument to gay rights last week.

Speakers included Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

The Stonewall National Monument will cover a 7.7-acre swath of Greenwich Village, including the tavern, the adjacent Christopher Park, known locally as Stonewall Park, and the surrounding streets where people rioted after the tavern was raided by police in 1969.

The annual Pride Parade on Sunday passed between the park and the tavern.

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