In his weekly address to the nation, which was broadcast on widescreens in Times Square, President Barack Obama June 25 recapped the struggle for LGBT civil rights.
The speech followed his June 24 designation of the Stonewall Inn in New York's Greenwich Village as the Stonewall National Monument, now part of the American National Parks System.
The Stonewall, a gay bar that had often been the site of homophobic attacks and shakedowns from police, was the site of an uprising in 1969 that is said to have given birth to the movement that led to greater acceptance of gays in modern society, and the removal of many laws against gay marriage and against homosexuality itself.
As the President put it, "The riots became protests, the protests became a movement, the movement eventually became an integral part of America."
Watch the speech below: