Oct. 11 is an important day in LGBTQ history. Not only is it the 29th anniversary of National Coming Out Day, it’s also the 30th anniversary of the second March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, which had an estimated attendance of more than half a million people.
Oct. 11, 2017 is now among those notable ranks because it is the day the first rainbow flag has been permanently raised in New York City and on federal land – sort of. thanks to the efforts of activists, it now claims a permanent.
Across from the historic Stonewall Inn, where riots sparked the gay rights movement in 1969, is a national monument designated by President Barack Obama in June 2016. It is the first to be dedicated to LGBTQ rights and history, and a flagpole at the eastern side of the park will fly an official rainbow flag for the first time.
Stonewall National Monument is located in Christopher Street Park in New York’s Greenwich Village.The park is on the corner of Christopher Street and 7th Avenue South.
The event has been emceed by Gay USA television co-host Ann Northrop. Performers includd Telly Leung, who plays the title role in Disney’s “Aladdin on Broadway” and Cantor Steve Zeidenberg of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah. Speakers will be Leslie Cagan, an organizer of the 1987 March on Washington for LGBT Rights, National Park Service’s Chief of Interpretation, Education and Visitor Services Barbara Applebaum, Kiara St. James, Executive Director of New York Transgender AdvocacyGroup, and LGBT and AIDS activist Michael Petrelis who spearheaded this initiative.
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,
said Michael Petrelis. He went on to say,
As we gather today, we are reminded of another October 11, thirty years ago, when the names of our fallen comrades were symbolically celebrated on another national monument – the AIDS Quilt — during the reign ofanother President who waged an attack against us.
The flag, which was originally designed by the late artist and activist Gilbert Baker, consists of six stripes:ed, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. The flag is typically flown horizontally, with the red stripe on top, as would appear in a natural rainbow.
The Stonewall Inn was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.