LGBT Memorial

Source: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

The design for New York City’s first official monument honoring the LGBTQ+ community was unveiled this week. Artist Anthony Goicolea created the tribute in the form of nine boulders, bisected with glass that acts as a prism and creates a rainbow.

“This stunning design complements the landscape and communicates a timeless message of inclusion, and this monument will serve as an enduring symbol of the role New Yorkers play in building a fairer, more just world,” Governor Cuomo said. “From Stonewall to marriage equality, New York has always been a beacon for justice and we will never waver in our commitment to the LGBT community and to creating a more just and inclusive society. This new monument will stand up for those values for generations to come.”

In addition to honoring NYC’s LGBT community, the monument will also honor those lost in the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. There is no official date for when the monument will open, but Goicolea hopes the it will “serve as a communal space filled with light, color, and hope where the visitors can sit, mourn, love, and remember for years to come.”