D.C. man visits 419 National Park Service sites in three years

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Mikah Meyer completed a three-year long trek to all 419 National Park sites culminating with a visit to the Lincoln Memorial on April 29.

Meyer, who hails from Nebraska but lived in D.C. before beginning the trip, was inspired to attempt the feat by his late father. The 33-year-old told USA Today he was looking forward to taking road trips with his father in college but, unfortunately, his father passed away in 2005 before they got the chance.

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National Park designation for Stonewall Inn brings an auction of fabulousness! Hello, Cher. Hello, Madonna.

By : Billy Manes
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It’s so heartwarming to see our friends across the country offer support to Orlando after the summer of hell. Last night, an auction kicked off – sadly on the day the death of Dead or Alive lead singer Pete Burns’ passing – that includes some things you might need (OK, NEED!!!!) for your collections. Back in June, Stonewall became a a national monument, the first LGBTQ national monument in our history. Last night, an auction kicked off to buffet the cause and to raise awareness. Here’s what we know about the auction, as sent by a friend:

“We are working on a historic auction for the newly designated —by President Obama—Stonewall National Park. The auction opened online at Charitybuzz.com/Stonewall at midnight on Oct 25 through the first week of November. Among the confirmed luminaries are: Madonna, Cher, Bette Midler, Taylor Mac, Anderson Cooper, Stevie Nicks, George Clooney, Cindy Lauper, Bryan Lourd, Andy Cohen, Jonathan Adler, Bob Gruen, Mick Rock,  Dustin Lance Black, Mick Rock, Troye Sivan, CEO & Founder of Tumblr David Karp and more.

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Stonewall Inn to be named 1st national monument for gay rights

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New York’s iconic Stonewall Inn, where the modern gay rights movement took root, will become the first national monument honoring the history of gays and lesbians in the U.S. under a proposal President Barack Obama is preparing to approve.

Designating the small swath of land will mark a major act of national recognition for gay rights advocates and their struggles over the last half-century. Since the 1969 uprising in Greenwich Village, the U.S. has enacted anti-discrimination protections, allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military and legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

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Transgender woman sexually assaulted at historic Stonewall Inn

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New York (AP) – New York City police are searching for a man suspected of sexually assaulting a transgender woman in a bathroom at the historic Stonewall Inn bar in Greenwich Village.

Police said March 28 the victim was in the unisex bathroom when the unknown man enters and apparently sexually assaults her. Police say the suspect flees the bathroom, but then returns a short time later and assaults her a second time before leaving.

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New York legislators want Stonewall Inn to be a national park

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NEW YORK — Two New York legislators are leading a campaign to designate Stonewall Inn as the first national park honoring LGBT history.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler made their announcement Sept. 20 in front of the Greenwich Village tavern that was the scene of a 1969 uprising at a key moment for the nascent gay rights movement.

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