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US National Park Service to preserve sites of LGBTI history

US National Park Service to preserve sites of LGBTI history

The US Government is launching an initiative to preserve historic places of significance for the LGBTI community to preserve their place in the fabric of American history.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will later today announce the formation of an 18 member panel of scholars who will work to identify landmarks to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places or declared national historic landmarks or national monuments.

Currently the only LGBTI site declared a historic landmark by the US Government is the Stonewall Inn – site of the 1969 Stonewall Riots.

It was declared a landmark in 2000 but no others have been declared as such since then.

The US National Park Service hopes to correct that and is embarking on two years of study to identify sites of historical importance to the LGBTI community.

‘The [LGBTI] study is part of a broader initiative under the Obama Administration to ensure that the National Park Service reflects and tells a more complete story of the people and events responsible for building this nation,’ a statement from the National Park Service reads.

‘The National Park Service has ongoing heritage initiatives to commemorate minorities and women who have made significant contributions to our nation’s history and culture, including studies related to Latinos, women’s history, and Asian American and Pacific Islanders.’

The initiative will be formally launched by Jewell at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village later today.