Stonewall Inn gets historic landmark status for role in gay rights

Stonewall Inn gets historic landmark status for role in gay rights

The Stonewall Inn, a New York City bar widely recognized as the birthplace of the US gay-rights movement, was granted historic landmark status by city officials on Tuesday.

The unanimous vote by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission was hailed by gay activists and supporters of the designation who cheered and embraced in an emotional scene.

“This building is a symbol of a time when LGBT New Yorkers took a stand and vowed that they would no longer live in the shadows,” said commission chair Meenakshi Srinivasan.

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