Congressman Nadler Statement on Stonewall National Monument Campaign

May 3, 2016 Issues: LGBT Rights, Civil Liberties

NEW YORK, NY –Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), released the following statement regarding the campaign to designate a new unit of the National Park System dedicated to the history of the Stonewall uprising that inspired the modern Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) civil rights movement in America:

“I am thrilled Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis are coming to hear from New Yorkers about their enthusiasm for a Stonewall National Park, and am hopeful that they will recommend that the President take action,” said Congressman Jerrold Nadler. “I encourage everyone speak about the importance of Stonewall to our nation’s history when we meet on May 9.

“We must ensure that we never forget the legacy of Stonewall, the history of discrimination against the LGBT community, or the impassioned individuals who have fought to overcome it. Stonewall was the spark that ignited the movement for LGBT civil rights that continues to burn around the world today. We now have an opportunity to ensure that the contributions of all of the brave individuals who helped launch the fight for civil rights are recognized, including those who have not always been acknowledged, such as transgender women of color.”


Jerrold Nadler has served in Congress since 1992. He represents New York’s 10th Congressional District, which includes parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn. 

BACKGROUND: Congressman Jerrold Nadler is the author of the Stonewall National Historic Site Establishment Act (H.R. 4230) which would designate a National Park at the site of Stonewall. The legislation is carried by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the Senate. National Historic Sites and National Monuments are both types of units within the National Park system.  

On Monday, May 9, Congressman Nadler will be hosting Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis for a public meeting on the proposal to create a National Park designated to Stonewall. More details can be found here.