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Gay and Lesbian Movement

  • Whitehall Induction Center

    Whitehall Induction Center
    A gay rights demonstration at the Whitehall Induction Center in New York City, NY. The discrimination on gays in the military was protested, and this was the first ever significant gay rights demonstration in the U.S.
  • Taking It To The Streets

    Taking It To The Streets
    Activists at Echo formed protests in the form of picket-lines on government discrimination of gays at the white house, the pentagon, and the state department. People say it was an electrifiying experience. One woman named Barbara Gittings said "It was thrilling. You knew you were doing something momentous. people would stare at you. they had never seen self-declared homosexuals parading with signs."
  • Stonewall Riot

    Stonewall Riot
    The Stonewall riots made the movement go from a small number of activists into a widespread protest for equal rights and acceptance. People from a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village, and the Stonewall Inn, fight back during a police raid, causing three days of riots.

    Elementary school teacher Jeanne Manford marched in the 3rd anual Christopher Strreet liberation day parade with her son Morty who was beaten up at a protest earlier in the year. She was carrying a sign that said "Parents of Gay: Unite in support of our children." Parents joined her to form PFLAG (Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Today there are more than 200,000 members.
  • Turning of the Tide

    Turning of the Tide
    The DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) changed and took out the mention of homosxuality all together.The New York Times noted: "Psychiatrists in a shift. Declare homosexuality no mental illness." This event led to many changes in laws and policies on homosexuals.
  • National March

    About 75,000 people participated in the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Washington, D.C., in October. major impact and shock for the supporters for the gay and Lesbians.
  • March On Washington Famous Speech

    March On Washington Famous Speech
    Famous speech by Urvashi Vaid that made a big impact of the movement. On this day she stated:
    "We call for the end of racism and sexism and bigotry as we know it. For the end of violence and discrimination and homophobia as we know it. For the end of sexism as we know it. We stand for freedom as we have yet to know it, and we will not be denied."
  • Todays percent of right to Same Sex Marriage

    Todays percent of right to Same Sex Marriage
    On wednesday april 24
    Approxinately , 20% of the states support the right of the same sex marriage.