NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Stonewall Inn, the Greenwich Village tavern widely considered to be the birthplace of the gay rights movement, has been designated a city landmark.
Supporters cheered as the city Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously approved the designation Tuesday. The Stonewall becomes the first city landmark honored for its role in the fight for gay rights.
“Recognizing and protecting the tremendous historic significance of the Stonewall Inn is incredibly important, long overdue and more than worth the struggle it took to achieve,” said Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation, which pushed for the move. “This site is internationally recognized for its connection to the birth of the modern LGBT rights movement, and to the fight for equality, fairness, and a more just society.”