Read the public testimony to make the Stonewall Inn New York’s first LGBT landmark

“Thus, Stonewall symbolizes both gay people standing up for themselves for the first time - spontaneously - and winning.

Written by JPat Brown
Edited by Michael Morisy

Last year, days before the 46th anniversary of the eponymous riots that sparked the modern LGBT movement, the Stonewall Inn was granted landmark status by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

After a FOIL request, the City released written testimony from the open hearing that led to the Commission’s decision.

Among those providing testimony were New York City Council member Margaret Chin

The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

(which included a list of additional LGBT landmarks they hope the city would consider preserving)

the National Trust for Historic Preservation

David Carter, the author of Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution

and David Ehrich of SaveStonewall.org, who contextualized the significance of the Inn - and of New York City itself - within his own experience ..

that ends with this powerful reminder that the fight is far from over:

Read the full testimony embedded below, or on the request page.


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