In 2016 President Barack Obama announced Christopher Park, a little fenced-in triangle with seats and some greenery in the core of the West Village, a national park and on it the principal national landmark devoted to LGBTIQ+ history. It’s well worth halting here to ponder the Stonewall uprising of 1969 when LGBTIQ+ residents retaliated against prejudicial policing of their networks – many consider the occasion the introduction of the cutting edge LGBTIQ+ rights development in the US.

There’s little conspicuous memorializing here, spare a couple of plaques and two arrangements of thin white sculptures: a male couple and a female couple, clasping hands and talking. Known as Gay Liberation, they are an accolade for the commonality of gay life. A lot of travelers give the landmark the gravity it merits.

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