Gay Marriage and Rights
By Diane Vik
The Gay Right's Movement started in the 1950's in Europe and North America, wanting to get rid of laws that restrict or ban same-sex relations. In the late 1960s the act of homosexual sex, even in private homes was punishable by a fine or up to life in prison. Communities of homosexuals formed in urban areas of Europe, Australia, and North America these groups mobilized in large numbers, protesting against laws like this.
Taking a Stand
- There are many groups all over the world protesting for gay right's, including, Intersex South Africa, Australian Marriage Equality, and other homophile organizations.
- The Stonewall Uprising is considered the birthplace of gay pride movements. It took place in New York during June and July. A police raid of a gay bar resulted in many gay right's protests and riots.
- The first nation gay right's march in the United States took place in Washington D.C. on Oct. 15, 1979