Obama: Stonewall Inn Monument To LGBT Rights


Hi everybody. The story of America is a story
of progress. It’s written by ordinary people who put their shoulders to the wheel of history
to make sure that the promise of our founding applies not just to some of us – but to
all of us. Farmers and blacksmiths who chose revolution
over tyranny. Immigrants who crossed oceans and the Rio Grande. Women who reached for
the ballot, and scientists who shot for the moon. The preachers, and porters, and seamstresses
who guided us toward the mountaintop of freedom. Sometimes, we can mark that progress in special
places – hallowed ground where history was written – places like Independence Hall.
Gettysburg. Seneca Falls. Kitty Hawk and Cape Canaveral. The Edmund Pettus Bridge. One of these special places is the Stonewall
Inn. Back in 1969, as a turbulent decade was winding down, the Stonewall Inn was a popular
gathering place for New York City’s LGBT community. At the time, being gay, lesbian,
bisexual, or transgender was considered obscene, illegal – even a mental illness. One night, police raided the bar, and started
arresting folks. Raids like these were nothing new – but this time, the patrons had had
enough. So they stood up, and spoke out, and over the course of the next several days,
they refused to be silenced. The riots became protests; the protests became a movement;
the movement ultimately became an integral part of America. Over the past seven years, we’ve seen achievements
that would have been unimaginable to the folks who, knowingly or not, started the modern
LGBT movement at Stonewall. Today, all Americans are protected by a hate crimes law that includes
sexual orientation and gender identity. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is history. Insurance
companies can no longer turn you away because of who you are. Transgender Americans are
more visible than ever, helping to make our nation more inclusive and welcoming for all.
And one year ago this weekend, we lit the White House in every color – because in
every state in America, you’re now free to marry the person you love. There’s still work to do. As we saw two
weeks ago in Orlando, the LGBT community still faces real discrimination, real violence,
real hate. So we can’t rest. We’ve got to keep pushing for equality and acceptance
and tolerance. But the arc of our history is clear – it’s
an arc of progress. And a lot of that progress can be traced back to Stonewall. So this week,
I’m designating the Stonewall National Monument as the newest addition to America’s national
parks system. Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the
struggle for LGBT rights. 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 together. That out of many, we are one. That’s what makes us
the greatest nation on earth. And it’s what we celebrate at Stonewall – for our generation
and for all those who come after us. Thanks everybody, and have a great weekend.

11 Replies to “Obama: Stonewall Inn Monument To LGBT Rights”

  1. James S says:

    Oh come on, give me a break! I have seen enough of gay and lesbian rights movements in this country. When is enough….enough?

  2. James S says:

    And as for Obama, he has made America look pathetic and weak to our worldly Neighbors.

  3. lentruthbtold riv says:

    there is NOTHING speacial about gay people, why the hell they keep pushing the issue, the only people that dont accept gay people are the gay people, in their minds they think nobody likes them, they are so gun ho that about being accepted that they even want to go in any bathroom they want, how sick is that? but them its ok, they dont give a dam about what they are exposing our kids to or the ramifications of their actions, there for most people don't give a dam about them as a person or the ramifications of their actions, show some respect to others and their children that are not gay, I myself will be damed if any type of gay man enters a public bathroom when my wife or daughter is in there. show some respect for others and you will get respect back.

  4. Noni Coffin says:

    Go away Oboma. Gays don't need to looked at as special. They need to hide there wierdass disorders and not make a big deal. Guys like women and women like guys. That's how it works.

  5. Erich Johnsonbaugh says:

    Who protects all the children from the hateful and poorly written messages of the Internet? Sweet baby Jesus we need us some English teachers in merica stat!

  6. Humanbeingonearth1 says:

    Thank you Obama from Iseael, you truly are the leader of the free world!

  7. Alan Daniel says:

    no jackass they weren't ordinary like you they were extraordinary they are remembered for the great things they did you will be remembered for being a tyrant

  8. Chow Fun says:

    This is a dicrace to make this a National Park…

  9. Corey Taylor says:

    dude is sick

  10. James S says:

    and today I read when military is lifting a transgender band. You know, I don't even recognize this country anymore. GMAB give me a break.

  11. Mirabelle Metzner says:

    Thank you for being the wonderful person you are

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