- The Washington Times - Friday, May 30, 2014

The National Park Service announced Friday that it will launch a study to identify places of historical significance to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Secretary Sally Jewell made the announcement at The Stonewall Inn, which was the site of the 1969 riots that helped launch the modern gay rights movement. It is currently the only site in the country designated a national landmark.

The study, which will cost $250,000, will be funded by the Gill Foundation, a major donor to gay civil rights causes, the Associated Press reported Friday. A panel of 18 scholars will study how the LGBT community has contributed to America’s history and culture. They plan to complete their work by 2016.

“Part of the job of the National Park Service is to tell this story,” Secretary Jewell said, AP reported. The Obama administration believes the initiative will show how the gay rights movement mirrors the civil rights struggles of other minority groups, such at Latinos and and Asian Americans.

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