"Truth be told, the Stonewall Inn was nothing special…But how many Americans today would know what the acronym LGBT meant if not for what happened there in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, and during the six days that came after?"
"President Barack Obama announced Friday he was designating the area around the Stonewall Inn in New York City as the country's first national monument to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights."
"U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power and U.N. envoys from 16 other countries visited the Stonewall Inn which helped spark the modern gay rights movement and vowed to step up their fight for the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people around the world."
"From a thousand miles away, they watched as the horrors replayed in an endless loop, the death count climbing to an unimaginable high. For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender New Yorkers coping with news of the massacre in Orlando, Fla., the grief was compounded by a sense of helplessness."
"Global celebrations of LGBT pride have taken place in London, Rome, and Toronto, but they have never taken place in the city that’s arguably the birthplace of the movement — New York. But that’s all about to change."