The service announced Furies Collective, which is a Capitol Hill rowhouse in Southeast Washington, and San Juan’s Edificio Comunidad de Orgullo Gay de Puerto Rico, the two new listings on its Facebook last Tuesday.
The Edificio Comunidad de Orgullo Gay de Puerto Rico served as the meeting hall for the first gay/lesbian organization established in Puerto Rico. “Casa Orgulllo,” as it was commonly know, was founded in 1974 and was the first organized attempt to confront social, political and legal discrimination against the local LGBTQ community according to the site. The movement was disbanded in 1976.
The Furies Collective house in Washington, DC, was home to a lesbian feminist collective in the early 1970s which created and led the debate over lesbians’ place in American society according to the NPS Facebook page.
According to the NPS site, the 12-woman e collective published a lesbian feminist edition of motive magazine, a youth magazine of the United Methodist Church, and a tabloid-size newspaper titled The Furies, which over a period of two years addressed major questions of women’s identity and women’s relationships with other women and with men.
With the inclusion of these two LGBT historic sites, it brings the total of LGBTQ sites on the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks to 10 including Julius’ Bar and the Bayard Rustin residence in New York City and the Cherry Grove Community House and Theater, in Cherry Grove, N.Y., and James Merril House in Stonington, CT.
This decision comes just on the heels of the Obama Administration’s announcement for the first monument to gay liberation, the Stonewall Inn in New York, where the first modern gay rights movement took place.
Update: We’ve gotten some questions about this claim and thought we’d clarify. Searching “LGBTQ” on whitehouse.gov yields the message as seen in the top image. The fact checking site Snopes has said the clearing of the website was announced earlier this week and it was made clear the information and sites from Obama’s administration would be [...]