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Watch Larry Wilmore Explain Why an NYC Gay Bar Could Become a National Monument

Some hapless tourists are confused

News broke earlier this month that President Obama was poised to establish the first national monument dedicated to the gay rights movement. The site of honor: The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Manhattan's Greenwich Village where a 1969 police raid sparked a series of protests considered to be the start of the gay rights movement.

The U.S. is home to more than 100 other national monuments ranging from an extinct volcano in New Mexico and fossil beds in Colorado to the former home of labor activist Cesar Chavez and the tobacco farm where civil rights leader Booker T. Washington was born into slavery. Many of these serve as popular attractions for vacationing tourists, but as The Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore attempts to explain, a dive bar probably isn't a good place for a family camping trip. (And no, LGBTQ does not stand for "landscapes, geocaching, boating, tans, and quality time with the old family unit.")

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