A group of scholars will soon convene to develop ways for the National Park Service to “preserve … the legacy of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgendered individuals … for future generations” of Americans.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today in New York a new “theme study” that will identify places and events associated with the story of LGBT (lesbian, “gay,” bisexual, and transgender) Americans for inclusion in the parks and programs of the agency. As part of the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Heritage Initiative, an 18-member panel will evaluate relevant sites to be included on the National Register of Historic Places and will be considered for national monuments in the same fashion as undertaken for blacks, Latinos, Asian-Americans, and women.
Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality weighs in.
“We’re going to teach our kids and our citizens that homosexuality is a civil rights issue when it’s not,” he laments. “It’s a human misbehavior issue. It’s just a sin movement – and we’re elevating it to civil rights icon status.”
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