Seattle City Council Monday passed with a unanimous decision the resolution expressing the City of Seattle’s fervent support for the designation of a National Park for Stonewall, in New York City. The resolution supports the nationwide campaign to designate the first national park site to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights and equality. The opportunity to create a National Park for Stonewall will be the focus of a special evening discussion that National Parks Conservation Association will host on Tuesday, April 26. Event information at: seattleforstonewall.eventbrite.com.
Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9-Citywide) said, “The struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer civil rights is a crucial part of our national history, and germane to Seattle’s community culture. My role as chair of the Safe Communities committee is inspired by the work of civil rights pioneers in our city, which includes (but isn’t limited to) members of the LGBT Commission, Equal Rights Washington, the Pride Foundation, GSBA and many others who also work on issues which support safety and tolerance in Seattle.
“Our city has long been a leader on local civil rights issues with national significance. Today, Seattle invites other municipalities to follow our lead once again and express support for memorialization of the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer civil rights nationwide.”
“National Parks Conservation Association commends the Seattle City Council for passing a resolution today in support of designating a National Park for Stonewall,” said Rob Smith, Northwest Director for National Parks Conservation Association. “Some places are so strongly associated with a historical event that their name alone triggers their story. Independence Hall. Selma. Little Rock High School. Seneca Falls. Minidoka, including the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. Stonewall is one of those places, but unlike those others, Stonewall is not yet recognized in the National Park System.”
Smith added, “A National Park for Stonewall would begin to close a gap of our National Park System as the first national park site to honor LGBT equality and the long fight that many have waged for civil rights. Today, Seattle adds its voice to demonstrate support from coast to coast for this national park proposal. We must continue to protect and preserve these places, urban and rural, natural and historic, that speak to and represent who we are as a nation.”