Every year on a sweltering hot weekend in June, the gays gets together to take off their clothes, take a few shots and celebrate gay-dom. Yes, it’s officially NYC Pride week and this year, New Yorkers will have one more reason to paint the town. Earlier this week, the New York City Landmark Preservation Commission granted the historic Stonewall Inn landmark status.

The Stonewall Inn, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, is considered an international symbol of the LGBT community, as well as the birthplace of the gay rights movement. The iconic gay bar first rose to global prominence on June 28th 1969, when bar patrons fought against a police raid and sparked a series of riots, forever changing LGBT history.

Activists have fought to landmark the Inn for decades, but this week, their efforts have finally become a reality. Earlier this month, the NYC LPC first publicly announced the idea of landmarking the Inn and yesterday, the committee held a public hearing to make the decision. Not one member in attendance spoke in opposition, allowing the committee to vote unanimously and landmark the first LGBT site ever.

Senator Brad Hoylman told the Daily News, "We don’t want to see an important historical site turn into a nail salon. With real estate as crazy as it is, I would consider these sites to be generally threatened from those type of pressures." Right on Brad! Keep NYC independent!

So New Yorkers fetch your rainbow flags and leather thongs because it’s time to celebrate!

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