LGBT Historic Sites Get Park Service Attention

Josef Norris’s mural of the late Harvey Milk adorns the exterior of Milk’s former camera shop on Castro Street; the site could be nominated for federal landmark statusThe lack of LGBT historic sites with federal recognition is garnering the attention of National Park Service officials.

They are seeking nominations of sites to be added to the National Register of Historic Places and for consideration to be designated as a National Historic Landmark.

“We are looking to preserve and protect sites associated with LGBTQ history,” said Alexandra M. Lord, Ph.D., branch chief of the National Historic Landmarks Program.

To date just three sites, all on the East Coast, have received any federal recognition specifically due to their ties to LGBT history.

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