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West Village Coalition Wants Christopher Street To Be Made Gay Rights Landmark

Christopher Street Subway Stop (file / credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Christopher Street in Manhattan is home to the Stonewall Inn — the bar where the 1969 riots occurred, largely viewed as the beginning of the gay rights movement.

Now, the head of the West Village Coalition wants the street turned into the city’s first gay rights landmark, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.

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Robert Ziegler told Diamond he wants the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate the West Village street a gay rights landmark, complete with a walk of fame similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

It would have pink triangles honoring those who have supported gay rights. The pink triangle was the symbol the Nazis used to identify homosexuals.

Ziegler cited the contributions of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Barack Obama.

“Do you expect them to come and put their fingerprints in the sidewalk?” asked Diamond.

“That would be nice,” he said. “We’re just looking for the whole street to be cleaned up.”

Ziegler said Christopher Street has lost gay tourists to other parts of the city and other areas like Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco – all home to so-called “gayborhoods.”

“This is where they gay movement began, so it should have been the first one, but we’ll get it done,” Ziegler said.

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