National LGBT Museum sets sights on N.Y.C.

New York City has long been a key spot for the LGBT community. A police raid on the bar The Stonewall Inn in 1969 is considered the launch of the modern gay rights movement. Last June, peopled celebrate outside the West Village bar after the U.S. Supreme court determined same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry nationwide.

After several years of searching for space near the National Mall, the proposed National LGBT Museum has shifted its sights from Washington, D.C. to New York City.

The museum’s board made the decision to target New York last year and emailed word of the change to potential donors in late December.

Tim Gold, who co-chairs the board, said organizers looked north after learning the museum would not be eligible for tax breaks in D.C. and searching unsuccessfully for a location near the National Mall. The group, which was formed in 2007 and launched a $250,000 fundraising campaign in 2011, wanted roughly 70,000 square feet.

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