The gay liberation movement

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Winnipeg Gay Pride March As history has shown, the social movements of the s resulted in few lasting gains for those trying to change society. Martins Press, that only a few decades ago things were very different for gay men and lesbians:. At the end of the s, homosexual sex was illegal in every [U.

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The raid happened on Saturday, June 28,in the early morning hours. Faced with arrest, patrons fought back. Following media coverage of the event in the mainstream press and gay news outlets, thousands protested and clashed with riot police over the next six days.

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Stonewall was a rebellion and a release of fear. But it was also the celebration of personhood by queer Americans standing proud and unashamed. Wed 19 Jun

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This incident ushered in a new era for gays and lesbians in the United States: an era of pride, openness, and activism. It led many gays and lesbians to "come out of the closet" and publicly assert their sexual identity and to organize politically. In Stonewall's wake, activist organizations like the Gay Liberation Front transformed sexual orientation into a political issue, attacking customs and laws that defined homosexuality as a sin, a crime, or a mental illness.

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The raid sparked several days of demonstrations and clashes with police, ranging in intensity from passive to confrontational. The demonstrations culminated in the first gay pride march from Washington Square Park to Central Park. The riots are widely regarded as the beginning of the modern gay rights movement, which has evolved from a loosely organized grassroots network to a considerable social and political force.

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The gay liberation [a] movement is a social and political movement of the late s through the mids [b] that urged lesbians and gay men to engage in radical direct actionand to counter societal shame with gay pride. It wasn't until later in the seventies in urban gay centers and well into the eighties in smaller communities, that the marches began to be called "gay pride parades. Gay liberation is also known for its links to the counterculture of the time e.

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A hostile crowd attempts to impede police arrests outside the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village during the early morning hours of June 28, Members and supporters of the Gay Liberation Front square off against cops at a barricade set up at Greenwich and Charles Streets to prevent the group from reaching the Charles St. Precinct House.

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Gay rights movementalso called homosexual rights movement or gay liberation movementcivil rights movement that advocates equal rights for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transsexuals; seeks to eliminate sodomy laws barring homosexual acts between consenting adults; and calls for an end to discrimination against gay men and lesbians in employment, credit lending, housing, public accommodations, and other areas of life. Religious admonitions against sexual relations between same-sex individuals particularly men long stigmatized such behaviour, but most legal codes in Europe were silent on the subject of homosexuality. Beginning in the 16th century, lawmakers in Britain began to categorize homosexual behaviour as criminal rather than simply immoral.

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Over the next week two additional riots broke out in the neighborhood in protest. The uprisings ignited a new atmosphere of militant gay liberation. Like the homophile movement, these new organizations sought to end discrimination against gays and lesbians.


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