Police raids on gay bars were not uncommon in s America — so why was this one different? Jon Savage explores the flashpoint that launched the gay rights movement in the US. When it happened, it was totally unexpected.
This timeline provides information about the gay rights movement in the United States from to the present: including the Stonewall riots; the contributions of Harvey Milk; the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy; the first civil unions; the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York; and more. Go to International Policies on Same-Sex Marriage for an updated list on which countries have legalized gay marriage. Caffe Cino is credited with starting the Off-Off-Broadway theater movement.
Over the next week two additional riots broke out in the neighborhood in protest. The uprisings ignited a new atmosphere of militant gay liberation. Like the homophile movement, these new organizations sought to end discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Social movements may focus on equal rights, such as the s movement for marriage equality, or they may focus on liberation, as in the gay liberation movement of the s and s. Earlier movements focused on self-help and self-acceptance, such as the homophile movement of the s. Although there is not a primary or an overarching central organization that represents all LGBT people and their interests, numerous LGBT rights organizations are active worldwide. The earliest organizations to support LGBT rights were formed in the 19th century.
Late in the [19th] century, as large cities allowed for greater anonymity, as wage labor apart from family became common, and as more women were drawn out of the home, evidence of a new pattern of homosexual expression surfaced. At first, these individuals developed ways of meeting one another and institutions to foster a sense of identity. World War II served as a critical divide in the social history of homosexuality.
Protesters took to the streets in the aftermath of the Stonewall riots in lower Manhattan in the summer of Stonewall marked a turning point in the gay rights movement. Date June 27, July 1,
The gay rights movement is a term referring to myriad organizations, groups, and people broadly fighting for the rights of lesbiangaybisexualand transgendered people LGBT. The different segments of this social movement often share related goals of social acceptance, equal rights, liberation, and feminism. Others focus on building specific LGBT communities or working towards sexual liberation in broader society.
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The story is well known : A routine police raid of a mafia-owned gay bar in New York City sparked three nights of riots and, with them, the global gay rights movement. What was different about Stonewall was that gay activists around the country were prepared to commemorate it publicly. Those nationally coordinated activist commemorations were evidence of an LGBTQ movement that had rapidly grown in strength during the s, not a movement sparked by a single riot.
Convictions under the Buggery Act were punishable by death. Often a letter expressing terms of affection between two men was all that was required to bring a prosecution. Usage terms Public Domain Female homosexuality was never explicitly targeted by any legislation. Although discussed for the first time in Parliament in with a view to introducing discriminatory legislation to become the Criminal Law Amendment Billthis ultimately failed when both the House of Commons and House of Lords rejected it due to the fear a law would draw attention and encourage women to explore homosexuality.