Riots in 1969 at New York's Stonewall Inn marked the beginning of the LGBT movement. On Monday, its significance was officially etched in history.

FOX's Gurnal Scott reports: 

The iconic inn officially got its designation as America's first national monument to gay rights. The site covers nearly eight acres including the tavern and an adjoining park.

White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett says the inn changed our nation:

(Jarrett) "Just as previous civil rights battlegrounds had done so across our nation from Seneca Falls to Selma to Stonewall and became a profound inflection point in our nation's history." 

President Obama issued the designation last week, something those who were part of the struggle say they thought they'd never see.

In New York, Gurnal Scott, FOX News.

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