National Park Service Launches Heritage Initiative to Identify Historic LGBT Sites: VIDEO


Earlier this week we reported that the National Park Service was launching a heritage initiative financed by gay philanthropist Tim Gill to identify LGBT historic sites. The official announcement was made on Friday outside of NYC's historic Stonewall Inn, considered the birthplace of the modern LGBT rights movement.

Here is a clip featuring Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, National Parks Commissioner Joshua Laird, and NYC Councilman Corey Johnson.


Some additional photos of the event can be found at GLAAD.

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  1. I am concerned that they will focus only on historic LGB sites and ignore the historic sites of our trans*#%^&@ brothers and sisters! We need to honor trans historical sites, such as:

    - The auditorium where a trans activist threw a glass jar at the head of Dan Savage.

    - The property in Michigan that trans activists rent each year to harass women attending a nearby music festival

    - The Chicago street where trans celebrity CeCe McDonald slaughtered a man with a pair of scissors

    - The cutlery shop in St. Louis where the first brave neutrois bought a ginsu knife for self-castration

    - The various biomedical waste sites around the country where their body parts have been buried

    We need to honor the unique contributions of trans*#%^&@ people!!

    Posted by: Tyler | May 31, 2014 6:15:21 PM

  2. Yikes, Tyler, issues much?

    Posted by: johnny | May 31, 2014 7:23:15 PM

  3. That Glass Jar should be bronzed.....And then thrown again at Dan Savage...

    Posted by: styler | May 31, 2014 8:14:36 PM

  4. I hope they have a site for Baron von Steuben, and Harvey, and Whatshisface who started Mattachine, and Little Richard, and Jose Saria, etc...

    Posted by: Wilberforce | May 31, 2014 8:45:18 PM

  5. Dearest Tyler, I find it extremely offensive that you would use such gendered terms as "brothers and sisters" to describe our trans-comrades. Wouldn't the fact the they are trans negate any affinity to strict hegemonic binary that those two terms refer. Furthermore, I find it equally problematic that you wold write the male referent first, suggesting the deeply entrenched masculine privilege in your ordering (and your thought process), in which feminine qualities are only defined in terms of its opposite. I suggest a little more sensitivity to trans-issues.

    Posted by: Le_Tigre | May 31, 2014 10:20:50 PM

  6. "the birthplace of the modern LGBT rights movement"

    Yawn, that tired old lie. Magnus Hirschfeld started his institute in Germany in 1897, HARRY HAY started the Mattachine Society in 1950 in Los Angeles Wilberforce, the Daughters of Bilitis formed in 1953 in San Francisco, the Black Cat riots > protests took place in Silver Lake in January 1967 etc. etc.

    Oh, woops, my bad. Those all happened either in a foreign country or on the West Coast, not in the center of the universe aka Manhattan/the (212).

    Posted by: Henry Holland | May 31, 2014 10:21:04 PM

  7. Not to mention the Compton's Cafeteria riot of 1966 in San Francisco's Tenderloin district!

    Posted by: Le_Tigre | May 31, 2014 10:24:53 PM

  8. The site of the Upstairs Lounge in New Orleans. Largest mass murder of gays in history. Café Lafitte in Exile in New Orleans is the oldest continuously operating gay bar in US.

    Posted by: RayJacksonMS | Jun 1, 2014 8:47:49 AM

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