What We're Reading: Our Weekly Reading List, June 24, 2016

A weekly round-up of articles and essays selected by the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy staff. Happy Friday, all!


Our reading list is short this week, and it actually isn't a "read" at all. Instead, we wanted to share this historic moment with you: today, Obama designated Stonewall a National Monument, the newest addition to America's national parks system. Stonewall is the first gay rights site to be designated as a national monument. That this announcement comes just two weeks after a gunman targeted and killed our LGBTQ+ citizens in an Orlando nightclub is likely no coincidence. It is a statement against intolerance and injustice, and a reminder that "out of many, we are one." 

"I'm designating the Stonewall National Monument as the newest addition to America's national parks system. Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights. I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country - the richness and diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us.