Activists Paint NYC “Gay Liberation” Memorial Brown To Protest Whitewashing of Stonewall

"What we did was rectification, not vandalism."

Criticisms of the upcoming film Stonewall have been constant since the film’s first trailer was released, with many claiming the film whitewashes out the trans women and people of color who were integral to the birth of the LGBT rights movement.

Now some protestors have taken to the street: Two statues located outside the Stonewall Inn commemorating the LGBT movement were painted brown and decked out in drag by unnamed activists.

The monument, titled Gay Liberation, was sculpted by George Segal and put in the park opposite the bar in 1980.

“What we did was rectification, not vandalism,” one of the activists told Autostraddle. “Those statues are bronze (brown) underneath the layer of white paint — the symbolism behind that is infuriating. I know that some people are going to be angry, but I’m not concerned with preserving bullshit art. I’m angry about the whitewashing of LGBTQ history.”

The protestors also released a short video of their work.

Not too long after, the statues were restored to their original condition.

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