While LGBT people are in a state of mourning over the horrific act that took place in Orlando, the community needs a space where it can come together to honor historic moments in our history. That kind of space is exactly what President Obama recognized today.
The Stonewall National Monument will protect 7.7 acres of land in Manhattan's Greenwich Village -- Christopher Park, the Stonewall Inn bar, and the area streets and sidewalks that surround the area where the 1969 riots against police harassment took place.
"The riots became protests, the riots became a movement, the movement ultimately became an integral part of America," said President Obama in a video about the history of the Stonewall riots.
"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," Obama added in his announcement.
The National Parks Conservation Association celebrated the announcement, saying, "Now, thanks to this victory, this site of mass resistance that led to larger social and political change will now be preserved as part of our national heritage for future generations."