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8 Sites In New York That Should Be LGBT Historical Landmarks

We all know about Stonewall Inn, but what about places that haven't been officially recognized?

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The Greenwich Village Historical Society recently spoke out about how New York's Landmarks Preservation Committee has not officially established any LGBT-related sites as landmarks based on their LGBT history. "In truth, the LPC has never designated a single building in all of New York based primarily upon LGBT history, in spite of several requests to do so and ample opportunities in what is perhaps the premiere city in the world for modern LGBT history sites," writes GVHS. Many buildings with an LGBT history have not been recognized as national historical landmarks at all. Here are some that should be.

1. Edna St. Vincent Millay's House

Flickr: wallyg

75 Bedford Street

Edna St. Vincet Millay was an openly bisexual writer in the early- to mid- 1900's. She was the first woman to have won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Her home is thought to be the narrowest building in New York.

2. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center

208 West 13th Street

This old school building became the home of the LGBT Center in 1983, and it's still going strong. ACT UP and GLAAD both formed at the Center, and Kieth Haring painted a mural in one of the bathrooms.


4. Gay Activist Alliance Firehouse

99 Wooster Street

The Gay Activist Alliance split off from the Gay Liberation Front after the Stonewall Riots. They held their meetings in this Firehouse at 99 Wooster Street from 1971-1974, but an arson forced them to move.

8. Julius Bar

Flickr: 19233144@N04

159 W 10th Street

Julius Bar is the oldest gay bar in New York. It opened in 1864, but refused to serve gay people until 1966, when activists staged a "sip-in" to challenge the laws that refused gays liquor. It worked, and Julius Bar is still open today.