There are only three LGBT-focused historic monuments with any federal recognition: The Stonewall Inn, Frank Kameny‘s house in Washington DC, and the Cherry Grove Community House and Theater on Fire Island. But soon there could be a lot more.
The National Park Service wants your nominations for noteworthy gay sites for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. There’s also a ”National Historic Landmark LGBTQ Theme Study” in the works, intended to help the government recognize LGBT heritage. And there’s an as-yet-unscheduled webinar taking place later this year, in which citizens can learn more about the nomination process.
There’s no shortage of landmarks that deserve recognition.
There’s the Gay Activists Alliance Firehouse in New York. Cole Porter’s house in Williamstown. City Lights in San Francisco. Harry Hay’s home in Silver Lake. Feminist printers Diana Press in Baltimore. Running Eagle Falls in Montana, named for a female Blackfeet war chief who lived as a man. The site of Pegasus in Pittsburgh, and Garden of Allah in Seattle.
And that’s just to name a few. What historic sites would you nominate, and why?