Kathryn Lindsay
June 24, 2016 11:12 am
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In the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, one of the worst tragedies to ever target the LGBTQ community, President Obama has made a historical decision. On Friday, CNN reported he has named the iconic Stonewall Inn and its surrounding area in New York City the nation’s first national monument to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

The Stonewall Inn was the site of the historic LGBT riots after being raided by police on June 28th, 1969. This sparked protests, marches, and eventually a national movement that has led to the rights and protections for our LGBTQ family and friends today.

“This week I’m designating the Stonewall National Monument as the newest addition to America’s national park system,” Obama declared in a video released by the White House. “I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country — the richness and diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us, that we are stronger than ever. That out of many, we are one.”

The shooting in Orlando has made this announcement more crucial than ever.

“The recognition of Stonewall as a national monument is an important step in recognizing our vibrant past and spotlighting the unique contributions LGBT Americans make to the rich fabric of our nation,” Wendy Stark, executive director of the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, told CNN. “It’s never been more important to observe LGBT history in this way.”

We’re truly touched by this news and hope it always serves as a reminder that *love* is what brings this country together.

Watch the official video below:

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