Celebrating a Lasting Pride in Your Parks

Danielle Grieser & Emily KaminNPF Blog
A group of National Park Service rangers celebrating the designation of Stonewall National Monument in New York
— National Park Service

Everyone loves a countdown. The crowds waiting for the final moment in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, hordes of hat-adorned visitors hoping for a glimpse of a royal wedding, your impatient stomach standing before the microwave’s timer as your pizza rolls cook, and a band called Europe in 1986.

June is Pride Month, and while Stonewall National Monument shares the unforgettable story of the 1969 protests year-round, this year celebrates World Pride 2019 in NYC. This annual event is slated to be the largest global Pride celebration. It will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and its pivotal role as the birthplace of the modern lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer civil rights movement.

One of America’s newest national parks, Stonewall National Monument, is less than one acre and has a mighty story that spans across the globe and touches people of every background — a place where LGBTQ history is American history.

Since the park’s designation in 2016, the National Park Foundation has been working in partnership with the National Park Service and local community organizations to develop programs and initiatives that celebrate our LGBTQ+ communities.

The iron gates into Christopher Park as part of the Stonewall National Monument

Christopher Park

Beyond My Ken/Wikimedia

A local partner of NPF, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center (The Center) - an organization with longstanding support of the NYC LGBT community - is spearheading a project that commemorates Stonewall National Monument's role in the struggle of LGBT civil rights and invites everyone to share what the Stonewall story means to them on StonewallForever.org. During 2018, The Center partnered with the National Park Service, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and the Columbia Center for Oral History to interview nearly 100 individuals who were involved in or directly impacted by the Stonewall Uprising. As a result, over seventy oral histories will be made available to the public via an online library and featured in an exhibit at the Tenement Museum. This project will ensure that the voices and stories of influential LGBT civil rights figures are preserved and brought to life for today’s park visitors.

NPF funding also enabled Stonewall National Monument to hire two interns who conducted social media campaigns and staffed over a dozen offsite outreach events in the community during the summer of 2018. In addition, two Teacher-Ranger-Teachers (TRT’s) partnered with an education specialist to design a Junior Ranger program and a curriculum-based education program. Youth participants in the Junior Ranger program will earn a badge and certificate while interviewing rangers, completing games, and answering questions about the park. The educational program will reinforce classroom learning about the history of Stonewall Monument and will be offered to NYC Public School classrooms and students across the country. A newly-hired park ranger will help to administer these programs while also engaging the public, developing community partnerships, giving guided tours, and more.

Group of people standing in front of Stonewall Inn celebrating the designation of Stonewall National Monument in New York City

World Pride 2019 in New York City is right around the corner! Join NPF in celebrating Stonewall National Monument and Pride all month long by:

  • Checking out these participating New York bars and restaurants to celebrate, $1 will be donated to the National Park Foundation with the purchase of every Tito's cocktail in June 2019, up to a maximum donation of $15,000, hosted by Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • Sporting a tee from the Todd Snyder and Champion limited-edition collection, 20% of sales will be donated to the National Park Foundation to support Stonewall National Monument
  • Watching for NPF and NPS in the Pride Parade on Sunday, June 30, 2019 in New York City, our Find Your Park bus and marchers step off around 4pm ET
  • Visiting Stonewall National Monument and tagging your photos using #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque to share how you're celebrating Pride this year
  • Interacting with Google’s Stonewall Forever platform and app to share what Stonewall means to you
  • Helping the National Park Service understand why the experiences and meanings of Stonewall are so important to you
  • Planning your trip to NYC to celebrate #Stonewall50 and #WorldPride, and be sure to also visit the city’s ten other parks like Hamilton Grange National Memorial and Federal Hall National Memorial
  • Donating to NPF to support places like Stonewall National Monument that help tell a more diverse American history

Each park tells its own unique piece of American history. Learn more about this urban national park to discover a more recent chapter of our country’s past and its movement toward greater LGBTQ civil rights. Then share your experience with others and encourage them to take their own #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque adventure to explore our cultural and natural treasures.

The National Park Foundation thanks Google.org Charitable Giving Fund of Tides Foundation, Northrop Grumman, and American Express for their generous support of Stonewall National Monument. Additional support for the park provided by Chaco, Ford Foundation, Landy Family Foundation, M•A•C AIDS Fund, Marc Jacobs, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Todd Snyder, and Warburg Pincus Foundation.


I saw a I heart Parks button with a rainbow heart at Pride this year. I work for a local parks and rec department and I would love to have one. Is there a shop or something where I can purchase one?
Hi Jason--if you send an email to us at [email protected], we can try to help you out. Thanks!

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