Gay Rights Movement

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  • The gay rights movement—as an organized movement advocating for the equality, or at least protection from criminalization and discrimination, of homosexuals—first began in the mid-1800s in Germany and Great Britain through challenges to repressive legislation against homosexual acts. Some historians and social critics pinpoint the American movement as beginning in 1924, the year the Society for Human Rights in Chicago became America's first gay organization. Others contend that the beginning of the American movement was in 1969—the radicalizing year when the Stonewall Inn, a New York City gay bar, was raided rather unsuccessfully by the police.

    Concerning the gay rights movement's beginning in the American West, perhaps its genesis began with the Native Americans. Many Native Americans recognized a “third” sex, a designation for those members ...

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