10 Historic Moments in the Fight For LGBTQ Equality

Last Updated 20.08.2018
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With all the recent news about the legalization of gay marriage in different corners all over our beautiful globe, it is important to take a moment and reflect on our success and victories. But while it’s hugely important to keep moving forward, it’s also important to look back, and see how far we’ve come. Today we want to take a moment and appreciate all the fight that has been ongoing for centuries, and which took us to the place we are at today. Here are some of the most valuable for LGBT history moments we want to remind you of.1924: The first gay rights group is established.Henry Gerber, World War I veteran, founded the Society for Human Rights in Chicago. This has put a new beginning to LGBT community life as this group was the first homosexual rights group in America, and its newsletter, “Friendship and Freedom,” was the United States’ first recorded gay rights publication. It’s still unbelievable how back in the 1920s this initiative wasn’t put down straight away.January 1958: The Supreme Court rules in favour of gay rights.In January 1958, the Supreme Court took up the historical case, One, Inc. v. Olesen; a suit, which was filed after the U.S. Postal Service and the FBI declared the contents of “One: The Homosexual Magazine,” obscene. After the U.S. Post Office refused to deliver ONE: The Homosexual Magazine, the case went to the U.S. Supreme Court, and fortunately, the court ruled in favor of gay rights for the first time in the history of mankind.1972 — the first Pride march is held in LondonThe Pride had around 2000 participants. Some of the prides even today don’t gather that impressive number of people, so it was indeed a great success to a long and fabulous history of London Prides.June 28, 1969: The Stonewall riots spark the beginning of the LGBT movementIn the early morning hours on June 28, 1969, police performed a raid of the Stonewall Inn, a New York City gay bar — and the gay customers and their supporters took a stand. The event turned into a violent protest and led to a day-long series of riots. Those “Stonewall riots” are largely considered the start of the gay civil rights movement in the United States.1973: Homosexuality is no longer declared a mental illnessAfter years of studies, analysis, and changing cultural attitudes, the American Psychiatric Association’s board of directors removed homosexuality from the official list of mental illnesses, known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a move that was upheld with a vote by the association’s membership.1987: Barney Frank becomes the second openly gay member of CongressAfter spending six years on Capitol Hill, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), voluntarily came out as gay, making him the second openly gay member of Congress, and the first to come out voluntarily, in the country’s history.1992 — the World Health Organisation announced that same-sex attraction was not considered a mental illness anymore.It is still insane that it took humans so long to realize it.January 2015: President Obama acknowledges the LGTB community in the State of the Union.It was also the moment when the words “lesbian,” “bisexual,” and “transgender,” were used in the president’s State of the Union address. A truly life-changing and inspiring day for so many people in the USA and beyond.June 26, 2015: Love WinsSome families and individuals take this day as seriously as Christmas, as, on the 26th of June, the Supreme Court finally declared same-sex marriage a Constitutional right nationwide, which means that ever since, all states must allow Americans to get married, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.July 23, 2015: The Equality Act is introducedUS Senators and Representatives: Jeff Merkley, Tammy Baldwin, and Cory Booker, David Cicilline officially introduced The Equality Act, which made LGBTQ individuals a protected class and permitted them basic legal protections in areas of life including education, housing, and employment.

By TAIMI on August 20, 2018.Canonical linkExported from Medium on July 7, 2020.

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