There’s no doubt about it, making the historic Stonewall Inn in New York City is a gesture of healing and heart. Declaring the tavern as the country’s first national monument to LGBT rights and history is especially powerful in the wake of Orlando’s tragedy.
“I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country— the richness and diversity, and the uniquely American spirit that has always defined us. That we are stronger together. That out of many, we are one,” Obama said in a video released by the White House.
Watch the video announcing the monument here.