Cuomo launches new LGBT memorial commission

Posted at 1:18 PM, Jun 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-27 14:40:01-04

On Sunday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order No. 158 launching a new LGBT Memorial Commission.

The commission will provide recommendations on the establishment of a new monument in New York City honoring the LGBT community, those lost in Orlando and all victims of hate, intolerance and violence.

The state has identified two potential locations for the memorial, including Battery Park City, overlooking the Statue of Liberty, or Chelsea Piers on the western edge of the Greenwich Village.

The Memorial Commission will begin its work immediately and provide recommendations to the Governor pertaining to the site, design and installation of the memorial no later than December 31, 2016.

During the announcement, the Governor also designated the legendary Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the modern LGBT rights movement, a New York State historic site. The Governor made the announcements at the LGBT Community Center ahead of the 46th annual Pride Parade in New York City.

The Governor also unveiled the “Open Doors Campaign,” a new promotional effort highlighting New York’s role as a national leader in the fight for LGBT rights, freedom and social justice. The campaign will begin airing this Sunday and run in New York, North Carolina, Mississippi and Texas throughout the summer.