NYC's Legendary Stonewall Inn Granted Landmark Status, First LGBT Site In City's History

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New York City's legendary Stonewall Inn was granted official landmark status today, making it the first landmark in the city's history to be recognized for its connection to LGBT history.

The city's landmark commission voted unanimously to recognize the significance of the gay bar, as it's famously the site where the modern fight for LGBT equality in America began on June 28, 1969, when drag queens fought back against police conducting illegal raids on the bar in order to intimidate the community.

Related: 45 Years Later: Why The Stonewall Riots Still Matter

Since 1969, the Stonewall Inn has served as a focal point for the LGBT march, which proceeds through Greenwich Village and past the bar every year.

The new status will give the building new protections under law, effectively saving it from destruction or redevelopment thanks to gentrification. "We don’t want to see an important historical site turn into a nail salon. With real estate as crazy as it is, I would consider these sites to be generally threatened from those type of pressures," state Senator Brad Hoylman previously told The Daily News.

At a hearing this morning, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James said, "To me, the Stonewall Inn represents what Selma represents to the civil rights movement and what Seneca Falls represents to the women’s rights movement. It must be protected from rapacious developers who would destroy the history and what this place represents."

Check out a video of the historic vote below:

Landmark Designation for @StonewallInnNYC @nyclandmarks vote unanimous @gaycivilrights

— Michael Herzenberg (@MHerzenberg) June 23, 2015

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