NEW YORK (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell plans to announce in New York that the National Park Service will start marking places of significance to the history of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual Americans.
She'll make the announcement Friday at the Stonewall Inn, where riots widely credited with starting the modern gay rights movement took place in June 1969.
The shift comes after years of debate about how LGBT people fit into America's historical narrative and whether they should be included in textbooks.
The park service is convening a panel of 18 scholars who will identify sites that are important to LGBT history. The sites will be evaluated for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, designation as National Historic Landmarks or consideration as national monuments.