A Note on LGBTQ+ History

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

Sources:

http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/resources/history.aspx

http://www.freedomtomarry.org/pages/history-and-timeline-of-marriage

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/timeline/stonewall/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/dont-ask-dont-tell-timeline/

 

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