Stonewall- LBGT

Miller Brandt, Natalie Schmidt, Cullen Young, Britt Seifert

Reasons for Movement

Police in New York arrested members of a gay bar. The gay community and their sympathizers took to the streets and rioted against police because of the mistreatment of the gays.

Successes of the Movement

In the years following the Stonewall riot the LGBT experienced many victories. The first of these was getting homosexuality removed from the list of psychiatric illnesses. The next would be passing of decriminalizing laws for gays.

Key Figures and Organizations

- Harvey Milk (1930-1978) - one of the first openly gay people elected to public office as a supervisor on the San Francisco Board.

- Sylvia Rivera (1951-2002) - transgender activist, Stonewall leader, founded Gay Liberation Front and Gay Activists Alliance.

Gay Liberation Front and Gay Activists Alliance were both founded in retaliation to the Stonewall Riots and advocated for basic human rights for gay people.


Stonewall Riots - June 28, 1969

- Supporters of the movement violently rioted against the NYPD who were raiding a gay bar.

First Annual Gay Pride Parade - June 28, 1970

- On the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the first Gay Pride parade was organized in NYC.

December 15, 1973

- The board of the American Psychiatric Association votes to remove homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses.

Status of Movement Today

As of Today, the LGBT community has successfully fought for equal rights. On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court declared that same-sex marriage was legal in all fifty states. This was a huge mile for the LBGT community as well as society all together.

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"the fact that they had nothing to lose other than the most tolerant and broadminded gay place in town, explains why the Stonewall riots were begun, led and spearheaded by 'queens'." -Dick Leitsch, journalist at Stonewall
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