Stonewall

Trump Administration Pulled Support Of The Stonewall National Monument & Rainbow Flag

Apparently, the Trump Administration wants nothing to do with the Stonewall National Monument and especially with the Rainbow flag that will permanently fly there.

A few days ago, we reported on the fact that there will be a rainbow flag flying over federal land for the years to come. But, it seems the Trump administration also heard word of it and acted quickly against it.

Now, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation confirmed that the ceremony to raise the flag will go proceed today and that the flag will fly permanently. But, there will be no help from Trump’s end.

The National Park Service (NPS), which had originally approved and sponsored a ceremony to be held tomorrow at New York City’s Stonewall National Monument to dedicate the Rainbow flag, has suddenly withdrawn.

The National Park Service has also abandoned all responsibilities as caretaker of the national flagpole that would house the Rainbow flag. They have instead given over possession and maintenance of the flag and pole to the City of New York.

This is just the latest in an ongoingly surmounting list of actions the Trump administration is doing to show that they do not support the LGBTQ community whatsoever.

Thankfully, the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS organization does support us. The organization which helps to provide medication, health care, meals, counseling and more to women, children, and people living with HIV will also be supporting the ceremony held today at noon.

At least someone cares.

The Rainbow Flag Will Permanently Fly on Federal Ground

A new national monument is making history by having the rainbow flag permanently flying on federal ground.

Last June, then-President Obama officially made the Stonewall Inn, a historic bar in which the start of the Gay Rights movement is attributed (besides the riots in California before it), a national monument.

That announcement made not only the bar but the park and area surrounding it federally protected to ensure its preservation for future generations.

A ceremony on October 11, which conveniently both National Coming Out Day and the 30th anniversary of the March on Washington for LGBT Rights, the rainbow flag will go up on the nautical flagpole and replace the National Park Service flag. After that, it will stay there permanently.

“It is a victory for our community to have these symbolic colors flying majestically over our Stonewall, designated as a National Monument by President Obama, even as our LGBTQ brothers and sisters are under attack by the current regime in power,” says LGBT and AIDS activist Michael Petrelis, who initiated the effort, in a statement.

h/t: Newsweek