The artist Anthony Goicolea had been chosen to design the first official monument to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people commissioned by the State of New York.
On June 26, 2016, after the attack at the pulse nightclub The Pulse in Orlando that left 49 people dead, Governor Cuomo formed the LGBT memorial Commission to honor the fight for equal rights and remember victims of hate, intolerance and violence. A request for designs for the new memorial went out in October. It is to be built in Hudson River Park near the waterfront piers that have played a key role in the city’s history as both a meeting place and a haven for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “I am now proud to announce Anthony Goicolea’s stunning design for this monument — selected for the way it complements the landscape and communicates a timeless message of inclusion.”
Source: BARONE, J. “A Winning Design for a New York Monument to Gay and Transgender People” The New York Times, June 27, 2017.