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Stonewall Inn made NYC landmark for LGBT history role

Stonewall Inn.
Stonewall Inn. Image by Travis Wise / CC BY 2.0

Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn was made an official New York City landmark on Tuesday to mark the bar’s importance in the LGBT rights movement. It is the first time a site has been given the status for its significance in gay history and culture. In 1969 the bar was subject to a raid by police, and the protests that followed are now widely thought to be the touchpaper for gay activism not only in the United States but around the world. ‘Few sites anywhere in New York have the international resonance of Stonewall,’ said Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. The status means the historic building will be preserved and protected from development. Read more: nytimes.com