June is Pride Month, a celebration that occurs every summer and includes festivals, parades, lectures, speeches, and community events dedicated to celebrating the queer community. This year is a particularly special one for Pride Month because it marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. The famous impromptu demonstrations, which occurred after a nighttime police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, lasted several days. They are typically pointed to by historians as the beginning of the modern Gay Liberation Movement. Soon after, the Gay Liberation Front GLF was formed, joining the many gay activist organizations that had been springing up in previous decades. In an effort to avoid being anachronistic and to accurately describe the experiences of these historical figures, we have chosen in some instances to use the terminology of the time.
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HIST 3399: American LGBT History
Gay Rights - Movement, Marriage & Flag - HISTORY
The Stonewall uprising took place in the context of broader civil rights movements. The Revolutionary People's Constitutional Convention in was a key moment in which activists from Black Power, feminist and gay liberation movements came together, saw common cause and learned from each other. The Gay Liberation Front was the main organisation that formed out of the uprising and these wider movements. In the UK, sexual acts between men had been partially decriminalised in , but there was a huge amount of persecution of gay and bi men afterwards.
The first picketing for gay rights occurs in Washington, D. At the Stonewall Inn in New York's Greenwich Village, customers at the popular gay bar stand up to police who raid the spot on June New York laws prohibited homosexuality in public, and private businesses and gay establishments were regularly raided and shut down. Riots ensue, prompting gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people across the nation to organize to fight for their rights.
This is an overview of key dates in not just Stonewall's history but in the development of lesbian, gay, bi and trans history in terms of social, political and legislative change, representation and visibility. Despite this, the recommendations are rejected by the government. The Committee attracts support from leading figures in the medical profession, the arts and the church. It is based on a parallel movement in the US based on revolutionary politics.