New York City, in its continuing quest to increase diversity–think female–among its public statuary, will honor two LGBT rights activists who participated in the 1969 Stonewall rebellion. Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson will be honored with a monument in Greenwich Village.
The Stonewall uprising marks its 50th anniversary this year. The monument will be installed a block away from the Stonewall Inn, where patrons resisted a police raid on June 28, 1969. The uprising helped precipitate a new, militant phase of the gay rights movement.