Stonewall- LGBT

1960s Movement

Reasons Behind the Movement

The movement began as a protest against violence against gays. The police broke up the protest but the next night people turned up in the thousands and began rioting. The police broke this up with extreme violence and it drew national media and attention sparking more movements and a greater national desire for rights.

Successes of the Movement

This movement drew national media attention on multiple platforms resulting it the growth of the movement and it continues to grow today after these riots and protests

Key People and Organizations Involved

Sylvia Rivera and Marsh P. Johnson were some of the major leaders of the movement and worked hard to end discrimination against transgenders and drag queens. Also Dick Leitsch who was the executive director of the Mattachine Society of New York. Other organizations involved in the movement was the Young Lords, the Black Panthers and (STAR) Street Transvestite/ Transgender Action Revolutionaries which was founded by Sylvia Rivera.

Specific Events

A major event of the Stonewall movement was the Stonewall Riots in June of 1969 at a popular gay bar called the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. Many homosexual individuals were becoming fed up with police brutality and harassment and soon the riots became a national movement.

1958- Inc v Olesen

1962- Illinois repeals its sodomy laws; first state to decriminalize homosexuality

Status of the Movement Today

In 2009, congress passed the LGBT hated crime laws. Jared, Representative Barney Frank, and senator Tammy Baldwin worked to have the president to pass orders of prohibiting discrimination in 2014. In 2015, gay marriage was made legal.
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