Rainbow flag is not on federal land
Gay rights activists who worked to get a rainbow flag installed permanently at the newly created Stonewall National Monument are upset the National Park Service says the flag isn’t actually on federal land but on property owned by the city.
The distinction may seem like a minor one. But to the group that had lobbied for the flag, the Park Service’s surprise announcement that the city, not the federal government, would be maintaining the flag and its pole seemed like a betrayal.
“They’re trying to make us disappear,” said Scott Gorenstein, a spokesman for Wednesday’s flag dedication event. “We’re saying we are here, this is our flag.”
The Park Service denied any slight was intended.
President Barack Obama created the nation’s first federal monument to gay rights last year in an area around the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar where patrons resisted a police raid in 1969, giving a spark to the nascent gay rights movement.