The National Park Service will convene a panel of 18 scholars to explore the impact of the LGBT movement and will then use the findings to evaluate certain locations for inclusion as national monuments, historic places and historic landmarks.
The Associated Press has learned that NPS Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will announce the initiative on Friday at the iconic Stonewall Inn, the site of the riots that jumpstarted the gay rights movement, has spawned upcoming film and television projects, and was designated a national historic landmark back in 2000.
There are, of course, many more locations that are worthy of the honor and Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis is excited to have the NPS be a part of the process:
“The Park Service is, in my view, America’s storyteller through place. It’s important that the places we recognize represent the full complement of the American experience.”
The $250,000 study is expected to be completed in 2016.