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May 30, 2014 - 9:02 am

The Interior Department announced today that the National Park Service is launching a study to “identify places and events associated with the story of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans” for inclusion in the national parks system.

The National Historic Landmark Program began actively looking for sites associated with LGBT history in 2010 for the potential of being listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Today’s directive, part of a broader administration initiative to “ensure that the National Park Service reflects and tells a more complete story of the people and events responsible for building this nation,” will expand those efforts.

“We know that there are other sites, like Stonewall Inn, that have played important roles in our nation’s ongoing struggle for civil rights,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who made the announcement outside the Stonewall Inn in New York City. “The contributions of women, minorities and members of the LGBT community have been historically underrepresented in the National Park Service, and the LGBT theme study will help ensure that we understand, commemorate and share these key chapters in our nation’s complex and diverse history.”

Site of the 1969 Stonewall riots, the tavern is currently the only LGBT-associated site that has been designated a national historic landmark by the National Park Service.

“We know that there are other sites, like Stonewall Inn, that have played important roles in our nation’s ongoing struggle for civil rights,” said Jewell. “The contributions of women, minorities and members of the LGBT community have been historically underrepresented in the National Park Service, and the LGBT theme study will help ensure that we understand, commemorate and share these key chapters in our nation’s complex and diverse history.”

The study will use public agencies and private funding from the Gill Foundation, a gay-rights organization, through the National Park Foundation.

Over the next year beginning with the first meeting on June 10, the Park Service will work with scholars “to explore ways to celebrate and interpret LGBT heritage.” The initial meeting in Washington will be open to the public.

“The goals of the heritage initiative include: engaging scholars, preservationists and community members to identify, research, and tell the stories of LGBT associated properties; encouraging national parks, national heritage areas, and other affiliated areas to interpret LGBT stories associated with them; identifying, documenting, and nominating LGBT-associated sites as national historic landmarks; and increasing the number of listings of LGBT-associated properties in the National Register of Historic Places,” the Interior Department said.

“The National Park Service is already making great strides in encouraging the nomination of properties that are associated with groups who have been historically underrepresented in parks and programs,” Interior added in the agency’s announcement. “Over the past four years approximately 70 percent of nominated national historic landmarks represent stories of diversity.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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I've got an idea: How about "equality"? How about treating the contributions of gays and lesbians to our history in the same way we treat those of heterosexuals -- that is, without discussing what kind of sex they liked?

Oh wait. That's the way it's been done for centuries.
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“bump uglies” That’s really funny. Maybe we should also list the favorite sexual positions of the heterosexual notables. “John Muir, (doggy style), was a founder of this great park”.
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Good point. Usually those plaques say George Washington slept here; not that he and Martha took the opportunity to bump uglies. So why exactly, is only one type of sex actl worthy of note?
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Yeah, I just want to see what will be for sale in the gift shops afterwards.
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Oh God. Just imagine the historical re-enactments.
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I am impressed with the many comments placed in this thread. I believe they represent the thoughts of a large percentage of the populace, even those of the live-and-let-live mind-set.
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I didn't care about the LGBT community in the least before they started forcing themselves on everyone with their incessant attention whoring. They're not great, they're not courageous, they're not worthy of note. What they are is a group with a set of fetishes that wants to them to be accepted as mainstream. Sorry, no sale here. I'm not going to recognize their fetishes as mainstream or worthy of note any more or less than I recognize the fetishes of heterosexuals as mainstream or worthy of note, and I don't see any heterosexual groups trying to make national monuments to celebrate their heterosexuality.
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Are they going to "erect" a monument in Wyoming, where a gay drug dealer killed another gay drug dealer over drugs and then the media tried to blame it on gay bashing?
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why do the muzzies hate us?
let us count the ways
and here's one more
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I think that's a recommendation.
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Is it an exploitable weakness of the Left, as it is a simultaneous strength, that they quit simply never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EV-ER!!!! just shut the hell up and leave everyone else alone??

It works for them, obviously and for obvious reasons of sheer relentlessness, but surely there must be a way to make this point for people so they can act on it?

Ah, but that requires a political party savvy enough to do so. So I guess that's a "no" then.
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Gay guys and public parks. The two just go together don't they? Presumably really popular highway rest stops will be made national monuments next. Honestly this insane country moves beyond parody day after day.

I can imagine the plaque: Yep, so and so got AIDS from a wild coke-fueled orgy - right where your are standing now!
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Wow- all this celebration of sex preferences is so damn tiresome.

Are we going to back and re-assess everything? Are there gay mathematical equations? How about queer elements? Transgendered rocket science? Homosexually significant crayon colors and sewing machines?

Holy crap, they used to want to not be discriminated against and just join society. Now they want to be singled out and honored...all based on how they have sex? Live your life and shut up about what is a private matter for the rest of us.
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"Holy crap, they used to want to not be discriminated against and just join society. Now they want to be singled out and honored...all based on how they have sex? Live your life and shut up about what is a private matter for the rest of us."

I think we need to keep pounding this message home (pun intended) that everything having to do with the gay community comes down to "how they have sex." How in hell did it get to the point where we give special attention to people because of what they like to do with their sexual organs? Thanks again, liberals.
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back in the 30's science became politicized in germany
there was nazi math, physics etc
now there'll be gay fascist math, physics, etc
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I hate our society just a leeetle more each day.
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