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National Register of Historic Places Program:
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month
June

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

 

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. LGBT Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The National Park Service highlights LBGTQ Heritage that encompasses more than just the National Register. We are pleased to promote awareness of and appreciation for the historical accomplishments of the LGBT community. We showcase historic properties listed in the National Register and National Park units commemorating the events and people that help illustrate LGBT contributions to American history.

 

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Highlighted Properties

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Elizabeth Alice Austen House -- Clear Comfort
Photograph, courtesy of the New York State Historic Preservation Office

Elizabeth Alice Austen House -- Clear Comfort, New York, New York
Austen is considered one of the first women photographers in America to work outside of the confines of a studio. Her early body of work, which chronicles Staten Island, New York City, and other places and particularly focuses on the life of her family, friends, and social circle, is considered among the finest produced in America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Henry Gerber House, Chicago, Illinois
The Henry Gerber House is nationally significant for its association with the founding of the first chartered organization in the United States dedicated to advocating for the rights of homosexuals.

 

 

Previously Highlighted LGBT Month Properties

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Julius' Bar New York
Photograph, courtesy of the New York State Historic Preservation Office

Bayard Rustin Residence, NY
Bayard Rustin, a gay African American Quaker, civil rights advocate, proponent of non-violence, and campaigner for social and economic justice, had an impact on many of the nation’s social justice achievements since the 1930s. Over his long life, he worked on important campaigns in non-violence, pacifism, civil rights, economic injustice, human rights, and LGBT civil rights.

Edificio Comunidad de Orgullo Gay de Puerto Rico, PR
“Edificio Comunidad de Orgullo Gay de Puerto Rico,” commonly known as “Casa Orgulllo,” served as the meeting hall for the first official gay/lesbian organization established in Puerto Rico. Founded in 1974, Comunidad de Orgullo Gay was the first organized attempt to confront social, political and legal discrimination against the local LGBTQ community.

Furies Collective, DC
The Furies Collective house is directly connected with the early expression of the character, role, and ideology of the lesbian community as a social and political community in the 1970s. The house became the operational center of the“Furies,” a lesbian feminist separatist collective, which between 1971 and 1973 created and led the debate over lesbians’ place in society.

Julius' Bar, NY
Julius’ Bar in Greenwich Village is significant in the area of social history for its association with an important early event in the modern gay rights movement. Julius’, now the oldest gay bar in New York City (and also one of the oldest bars in the city in continuous operation), is a bar and restaurant that dates back to the nineteenth century, with its current design probably dating from the late nineteenth or early twentieth century.  

Cherry Grove Community House & Theater, Cherry Grove, New York
The Community House and Theatre is exceptionally significant in social history for the enormous role it played in shaping what gradually evolved into "America's First Gay and Lesbian Town". This integration of homosexual residents into daily life and events at its community house afforded Cherry Grove a singular status; it became one of the first and, for many years, the only gay and lesbian influenced community in the United States.

James Merrill House, Stonington, Connecticut

The James Merrill House is nationally significant for its close, forty-one-year association with James Ingram Merrill (1926-95), one of his generation's most acclaimed poets---considered peerless among his contemporaries who were writing in meter and rhyme (Criterion B). Over the course of his extraordinary career, this erudite and accomplished writer produced twenty-five volumes of poetry, along with three plays, two novels, numerous essays and a memoir.

Carrington House, Fire Island Pines, Hamlet of Cherry Grove, New York
The property is also locally significant under criterion A in the area of Social History, as an important link to the development of Fire Island (particularly the Fire Island Pines and Cherry Grove) as a community friendly to both gay culture and the arts because of its association with Frank Carrington, a prominent theater director and patron of the arts with a large circle of acquaintances whom he introduced to Fire Island.

Stonewall, New York, New York
Stonewall is nationally significant because it is associated with events that outstandingly represent the struggle for civil rights in America. The nominated sites encompasses a several block area in Greenwich Village that was the location of a series of events, collectively known as Stonewall, that occurred between June 28 and July 3, 1969. Stonewall is regarded as the single most important event that led to the modern movement for gay and lesbian civil rights.
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Dr. Franklin E. Kameny Residence in Washington, DC

Dr. Kameny led a newly militant activism in the fledgling gay civil rights of the 1960s. He was a landmark figure in articulating and achieving gay civil rights in federal employment and security clearance cases, and in reversing the medical community’s view on homosexuality as a mental disorder.

 


Learn More

 

National Park Service Programs:

Visit a National Park

LBGTQ Heritage: The National Park Service LGBTQ Initiative projects explore how the legacy of lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning individuals can be recognized, preserved, and interpreted for future generations.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender contributions to the workforce of the National Park Service

NPS Alaska Regional Office LGBT Feature

Programs and sites outside of the National Park Service

Library of Congress' LGBT Pride Month portal

NR HOME | NPS Links to the Past

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