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LGBT Memorial Commission

Honoring the Fight for Equal Rights

In the wake of tragedy in Orlando, Governor Cuomo established a commission to create a memorial honoring the fight for equal rights and all victims of hate, intolerance and violence.

On June 26, 2016 Governor Cuomo established the LGBT Memorial Commission under Executive Order No. 158. As New Yorkers and Americans continue to mourn this tragedy, the Commission has been tasked to search for the architects and artists who will design and execute an LGBT memorial honoring all victims of hate, intolerance, violence and New York’s fight for equal rights.

New York is a beacon for justice and is committed to creating a more inclusive society. It is more important than ever that we stand up for the LGBT community and ensure that everyone is treated with dignity, fairness and respect.


LGBT Memorial Commission

LGBT Memorial Commission

Following the tragic shooting that occured in Orlando, the Governor issued Executive Order No. 158 establishing the LGBT Memorial Commission.

Commission Members

The commission is comprised of ten members appointed by the Governor, and overseen and coordinated by Counsel to the Governor.

Selection Criteria

A selection panel comprised of the LGBT Memorial Commission, advisory design professionals and location site staff will review and select finalists from the submitted artists proposals. 

LGBT Memorial Competition

Honoring the LGBT Community

The LGBT Memorial Commission has been tasked with providing recommendations to the Governor for the selection of an architect and/or artist to execute the building of a new memorial in honor of the LGBT community and all victims of hate, intolerance and violence.

A New Monument

A new monument will be located at the western edge of Greenwich Village. The park's waterfront setting and large lawn is very popular among the general public for sunbathing, recreation and relaxation.

Call for Submissions

Architects and artists are encouraged to submit their designs for a new memorial that will honor the LGBT community and those who lost their lives in the Orlando shooting. Designs should align with the chosen memorial site location and New York's commitment to the LGBT community.

Calling all Architects and Artists

About the Competition

The LGBT Memorial Competition is seeking an artist to design and execute the building of a new memorial to honor the LGBT community.

Competition Timeline

Eligible artists must submit their application and design to the LBGT Commission by November 21, 2016 in order to be considered.

LGBT Memorial Site

The Memorial Commission and the State of New York have identified the western edge of Greenwich Village as the location for this memorial.