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

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 Register of Historic Places is 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

Cherry Grove Community House & Theater, Cherry Grove, New York
Photograph, courtesy of the New York State Historic Preservation Office

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.

Merrill James 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.

Previously Highlighted LGBT Month Properties

[photo]Dr. Franklin E. Kameny Residence in Washington, DC
Photograph courtesy of the DC Historic Preservation Office

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.┬áHe 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

Presidential Proclamation -- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month,

National Park Service Programs:

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LBGTQ Heritage Initiative: 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

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