Stonewall Inn regulars applaud Obama amid monument plans: 'It's about time'
May 8th, 2016
In an upstairs room at the Stonewall Inn in New York, drag legend Lady Bunny paused her stream of filthy jokes and Adele parodies just long enough to tell her audience: “This is ground zero for LGBT rights in this country – and the world.”
Most did not need telling. They may have been too young to have taken part in the 1969 uprising that began when lesbian and gay patrons fought back during a police raid, but they were acutely aware of the place in history that the bar enjoys.
So is Barack Obama. According to reports, the president is poised to declare the tiny, railed garden opposite the inn and some surrounding streets a national monument, in tribute to the struggle for gay equality that began there, then turned into a worldwide movement.