A 2014 article about the National Park Service’s decision to commemorate significant sites from LGBT history.
In 2014, at Stonewall Inn in New York City, State Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced that the National Park Service would start marking places of significance to the history of lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual Americans. The Park Service convened a panel of scholars who identified sites important to LGBT history. The sites were then evaluated for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, designation as national historic landmarks, or consideration as national monuments. The effort, part of the National Park Service’s “Telling All Americans’ Stories,” culminated in 2016 with the LGBTQ Heritage Initiative, which included sixty-two landmarks and seven parks, the Stonewall National Monument among them. More information can be found at the NPS website under LGBTQ Heritage.