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New York will rename subway station to commemorate 1969 Stonewall uprising

New York City is set to rename a subway stop to honour the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, a pivotal event in the modern LGBTQ+ civil rights movement against police brutality.

According to ‘LGBTQ Nation’, on Wednesday, the state senate approved A.B. A8970A, a bill to rename the Christopher Street-Sheridan Square subway station on the 1 Line in lower Manhattan to the “Christopher Street-Stonewall National Monument Station.” Situated near the historic Stonewall Inn and the 7.7-acre area designated as a National Monument in 2016, the station will commemorate the location's significance as the first national monument dedicated to LGBTQ+ history.

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State Sen. Brad Hoylman-Sigal (D) and Assembly Member Deborah Glick (D) sponsored the bill, reports The Los Angeles Blade. Following approval by the state Senate, the bill now awaits the signature of Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), who is expected to sign it into law.

“This change will memorialize the history of the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement and inspire NY to demand justice and equality for all. Happy Pride!” Sen. Hoylman-Sigal wrote in a June 5 post on X.

The station is located in Greenwich Village near Christopher Park, a small green space across from the current Stonewall Inn. The park features four bronze and white lacquer statues of two standing men and two seated women, created in 1992 by sculptor George Segal. Initially representing gay liberation in the modern age, the statues also came to symbolise the numerous lives lost during the AIDS epidemic.

In June 2022, the National Park Service (NPS) announced plans to open an LGBTQ+ historic center next to the Stonewall Inn, called the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center (SNMVC). Slated for a 2024 opening, the nearly 3,700-square-foot centre will be the first LGBTQ+ visitor centre within the National Park System’s network of parks and monuments.

The centre aims to provide an “immersive experience” with tours, exhibits, and lectures on LGBTQ+ culture and history, and it will also serve as a base for park rangers.

Ann Marie Gothard, a board member of Pride Live, a non-profit LGBTQ+ cultural advocacy group, told NBC News that the centre seeks to “motivate the next generation of leaders” by capturing “the essence” of the Stonewall Uprising era.

“If you’ve ever gone down and kind of just observed tourists visiting Stonewall Inn, you’ll see that individuals of a certain age, because it’s a bar, are not allowed to go in,” Gothard said. “So we really want to create a space that’s welcoming for all, whether you represent the gay community or you’re an ally.”

Pride Live stated, “The SNMVC will serve as a beacon for generations to come, providing the unique opportunity to visit the very site where history was made and where the fight for LGBTQ+ equality visibly shifted with new waves of activism.”

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