LGBTQA+ Rights and Marriage
What Does LGBTQA Mean?
G: Gay (Primarily a man who likes men, but also used for lesbians)
B: Bisexual (Man or woman who likes both men and women)
T: Transgender (Someone who does not identify with the gender they biologically are, or the gender they were born as)
Q: Queer (Often used as an umbrella term for the LGBT+ community, also sometimes used as a term to define those who dont identify with any specific LGBT+ term)
A: Asexual/ Aromantic/ Ally (Asexual is a term used to define those who dont experience any sexual thoughts/feelings. Aromantic is similar, but it is used to define those who feel no romantic attraction. An Ally is simply someone who supports LGBT+)
+: There are many other terms, sexualities, and genders not commonly discussed, hence the plus
The Stonewall Riots
Saturday, June 28th 1969 at 6am
Stonewall Inn, New York
- June 1969: Stonewall Inn Raid and Corresponding Riots
- The 1970s: a decade full of widespread celebration of coming out, most homosexuals came out and publicly displayed it
- 1977: Harvey Milk became the first openly homosexual person elected to office, on the San Francisco Board of Directors
- 1980s: Big AIDS (Auto Immune Disorder, a STD found mostly in gay men) outbreak sets the LGB community back, as people begin to associate homosexuals with promiscuity and danger.
- United States Supreme Court ruled that consenting adults of proper age still could not participate in homosexual activities, even if it was in the confines of their home
- Michael Hardwick: man arrested in Atlanta, Georgia for having sexual relations with another man in his home
- a police officer was coming over to arrest Hardwick, falsely thinking that he hadnt shown up in court for no reason. Unbeknownst to him, Hardwick had already payed the fine. Hardwick's roommate let the officer in, and the officer arrested Hardwick after finding him with the other man, saying Georgia's Anti-Sodomy law made it just.
- 2009: Matthew Sheppard and James Byrd JR Hate Crime Prevention Act. Matthew Sheppard was a gay man who was tortured and killed in Wyoming as a result of this in 1998
- 2013: Boy Scouts ended ban on gay youth in their troops
- 2015: Boy Scouts ended ban on gay troop leaders