Take a look at this photo snapped on Friday in front of the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in Manhattan, as the National Park Service announced a project to identify and designate additional sites of relevance to LGBT and American history, and see what's wrong with it:
The release from the Department of the Interior says an unnamed panel of LGBT scholars will meet in Washington, DC, on June 10 to take the project to its next level. Ann Northrop said:
Secretary Jewell was asked for the names at the press conference and said, "We'll get that for you." Can't wait to hear who's on the panel of historians.
I emailed the department's press affairs officer April Slayton seeking those names, explanation as to who chose the scholars, if the June 10 meeting will be live-streamed and how the public can engage with the panel. Slayton replied:
Thank you for your message. I will work with the staff that is responsible for the LGBT Heritage Initiative and will try to get information in regards to your questions to you as soon as possible.
There is quite a bit here that doesn't pass a few smell tests and I hope the Department of the Interior early this coming week gives me answers about why only Gill and Johnson were invited to speak, the absence of drag queens, people of color and Stonewall Riot vets and the panel.