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Google and NYC's LGBT Community Center launch digital monument to celebrate Stonewall

The new instalment named 'Stonewall Forever' is an extension of the Stonewall Monument

2019-06-05

Words: Steve Brown

Back in 2016, the then-President Obama named the entire Christopher Street in New York the Stonewall Monument - the first-ever national monument dedicated to the LGBTQ movement.

And now, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which kick-started the modern day gay rights movement and Google has teamed up with New York's LGBT Community Center to continue to remember those pioneering LGBTQ people who fought for our rights today.

Stonewall Forever is a digital extension of the Stonewall Monument and allows people all over the world to experience it through mobile, desktop or augmented reality app.

“Stonewall is such a big moment in our history,” Glennda Testone, executive director of New York’s LGBT Community Center, told USA Today.

“It is what created the modern day civil rights movement; it’s a symbol for LGBTQ equality around the globe.”

Dubbed “a living monument to Pride, connecting diverse voices from the Stonewall era to the millions of voices in today’s LGBTQ+ community” the digital monument features letters, photos, or oral histories and visitors can upload their own memories or experiences inspired by the Stonewall Riots. 

As well as the launch of the digital monument, a new documentary directed by Ro Haber, Stonewall Forever, is being released as well.

Watch the documentary below: