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Obama To Make Gay Bar A National Monument...

Obama To Make Gay Bar A National Monument...

Katia Hetter | CNN

The 1969 riots at the Stonewall Inn launched the modern gay rights movement and the annual New York City pride parade.

Now the Greenwich Village bar where many in New York gather to protest and celebrate civil rights victories is poised to become the first-ever national monument to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

President Barack Obama is likely to approve the monument by June, which is LGBT Pride Month, administration officials told CNN.

The Stonewall Inn and surrounding areas would become a National Park Service monument, although which part of the neighborhood would be included is yet to be determined.

In the early morning of June 28, 1969, a police raid on the Stonewall Inn--a typical occurrence at gay bars in the 1960s--turned violent when patrons fought back.

Following several arrests that morning, people continued to protest outside the bar for weeks afterward, leading to the first march for gay and lesbian rights in July.

Those protests are often credited as a flashpoint for LGBT rights in the United States.

Local community members will get to comment on the proposal at a Monday night listening session, with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis and New York state and city officials in attendance.

The Monday night meeting is expected to launch the process of transferring the land to the federal government.

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