Gay Rights in america

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Gay Rights in america

Timeline Of Gay Rights In America"The Battle of Spanish Fork"

1960'sSince homosexuals often compare themselves with other minority groups like the Jews or the African Americans, they were very inspired by the African American Civil Rights Movement by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His ideas, concepts, and demands for equal protection were adopted by the gay community, and especially King's success is the key element for the sudden rise of the Gay Rights Movement only several years later.

1973 The American Psychiatric Association removes homosexuality from its official list of mental disorders.Harvey Milk runs for city supervisor in San Francisco. He runs on a socially liberal platform and opposes government involvement in personal sexual matters. Milk comes in 10th out of 32 candidates, earning 16,900 votes, winning the Castro District and other liberal neighborhoods. He receives a lot of media attention for his passionate speeches, brave political stance, and media skills.

1969 The Stonewall riots transform the gay rights movement from one limited to a small number of activists into a widespread protest for equal rights and acceptance. Patrons of a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn, fight back during a police raid on June 27, sparking three days of riots.

Hate Crimes Keep Happening!

1924The Society for Human Rights in Chicago becomes the country's earliest known gay rights organization.

1993 The “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy is instituted for the U.S. military, permitting gays to serve in the military but banning homosexual activity. President Clinton's original intention to revoke the prohibition against gays in the military was met with stiff opposition; this compromise, which has led to the discharge of thousands of men and women in the armed forces, was the result.On April 25, an estimated 800,000 to one million people participate in the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. Several events such as art and history exhibits, public service outings and workshops are held throughout Washington, DC leading up the event. Jesse Jackson, RuPaul, Martina Navratilova, and Eartha Kitt are among the speakers and performers at a rally after the march. The march is a response to “Don't Ask Don't Tell”, Amendment 2 in Colorado, as well as rising hate crimes and ongoing discrimination against the LGBT community.

1997One teacher, Wendy Weaver, who filed a lawsuit last fall against the Nebo School District, said that Spanish Fork High School officials violated her rights with an order preventing her from talking with students or staff members about her sexual orientation, even outside of school.In his ruling, the judge, Bruce Jenkins of Federal District Court, agreed that Ms. Weaver's rights of free speech, equal protection and due process had been violated. He ordered the school district to offer Weaver the coaching position and to lift the order. Judge Jenkins also awarded Ms. Weaver the $1,500 she was seeking in damages.

TodayThe fight between each states decision to make same sex marriages legal is still happening. Many states have passed the law alowing same sex marriages. Many Gay hate crimes remain today. People are not willing to tolerate others. Gays are still not treated equal in the work place, home, or in the military.


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