History Reminds Us: A Look Back at the Law

As we look back upon the birth of the LGBTQ+ rights movement and the concept of gay pride, we must necessarily revisit the position and status of our community in American society prior to the outburst at Stonewall. A long history of legal discrimination had constrained their relationships, childrearing, housing, employment opportunities and many other aspects of private and public life. This entrenched prejudice provided the backdrop for activists who challenged the notion that they must choose between living in secrecy or suffering the severe consequences of widespread and accepted societal scorn and hatred.


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