NYC To Get A Second Monument To Equal Rights & Orlando Shooting Victims

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New York is celebrating its LGBTQ Pride week, the dedication of the Stonewall Inn as a national monument, and now, a second monument to honor the victims of the Orlando, FL, shooting and all hate crimes.

On June 26, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that a to-be-determined location will be designated as a monument to the 49 victims who were killed at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, on June 13.

"In the wake of tragedy in Orlando, I am establishing a commission to create a monument honoring the fight for equal rights and all victims of hate, intolerance and violence," Cuomo said in a June 26 statement obtained by amNY.

He also explained his decision on Twitter and said that the first step would be establishing a commission to decide where the monument will be.
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is also reporting that some of the potential sites for the monument include Hudson River Park, Christopher Park, or Battery Park City. The 10-person commission will also choose an artist and a design for the monument.

Gov. Cuomo said in his statement that he wants the monument to serve as a permanent reminder of the hate-fueled shooting.

"We want this terrible event remembered and we want the lesson learned so it never happens again,” he said.
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