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A monument for the Orlando shooting victims could soon be coming to the city, Governor Cuomo announced before marching in last month’s Gay Pride Parade. 

Cuomo signed an executive order to create a 10-person panel to find a site for and build the memorial. The panel will include Scott Campbell, Director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

The order also makes the Stonewall Inn, which was central to the gay rights movement in the 1960s, a state historic site. President Obama has designated the tavern, and 7.7 acres around it the the first national monument to gay rights.

Cuomo described the Orlando shooting as having “reawakened” the LGBT community.

“I believe this is going to be another Stonewall movement, a modern day Stonewall moment where the movement is invigorated,” he said. “The state of New York pledges up to $1 million. We want this terrible event remembered and we want the lesson learned so that it never happens again.”

The monument, which would honour “all victims of hate, intolerance and violence,” could go in Christopher Park, Hudson River Park or Battery Park City, although a final decision on location has not yet been made.