The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Donald Trump will sign an executive order this week that will see the Interior Department reviewing all national monument designations of the past 21 years, including last year’s designation of the Stonewall Inn.

Barack Obama designated the site a national monument last year, saying at the time: “Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights.”

Now the Stonewall Inn’s special status is threatened.

According to the Tribune, the review will “discern whether [the monuments] are within the law’s intent”.

“The order is not expected to change the designations immediately but has a short time frame for the Interior Department to report back on the designating of monuments back to Jan. 1, 1996.”


Should the executive order indeed go forward, it will mark the first time a president has attempted to withdraw a monument designation status set by a predecessor.

The move is said to have been mainly prompted by “Obama’s last-minute naming of Bears Ears National Monument in December.”