History is always fun to look back on, especially with a community that as come so far.
Here’s quick timeline of important events within the LGBTQ Movement:
1920s: Harlem and Greenwich Village flourishes with prewar gay life
1965: Civil Rights Movement begins with racial discrimination and Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings lead first gay rights movements in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
1969: Stonewall Riots at Stonewall Inn (that still exists!), fighting against police raid, leading to first pride marches
1973: American Psychiatric Association removes homosexuality as an “illness” from its diagnostic manuals
1979: First march on Washington for gay rights
1987 and 1993: Addition gay rights marches on Washington
1993: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is introduced, a policy where military participants are not asked about their sexual orientation
1996: President Clinton sign the Defense of Marriage Act, where marriage is defined as only between a man and woman
2003: President Clinton calls for end to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” where LGBTQ military participants would be able to serve openly
2004: Massachusetts is the first state to legalize same sex marriage! In the next 6 years, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. do as well
2010: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is lifted and LGBTQ individuals can serve in the military
2011: Obama states he does not defend the Defense of Marriage Act and New York legalizes same sex marriage
2014: Obama adds gender identity to the discrimination act Title IX
2015: June 26, 2015 marks the day same-sex marriage is legal nation-wide