Most history textbooks lack inclusion of the significant contributions LGBT African-Americans made to the civil rights movement. This series introduces students to four LGBT people of African descent with whom they may not be familiar, yet who were indispensable to the ideas, strategies and activities that made the civil rights movement a successful political and social revolution. Some scholars consider Lorraine Hansberry to be a literary genius because she masked radical black politics through the construction of seemingly unthreatening African-American characters. Her play, A Raisin in the Sun , blazed a trail for African Americans into mainstream theater and entertainment. While Hansberry has long been recognized as a significant figure in black history, less is known about her advocacy for lesbian and gay rights. Hansberry never publically shared her sexual orientation, but she is often described as a closeted lesbian by those who have studied her life and politics.
Lesbians battled for their place in 1960s feminism
A Turning Point - FoundSF
This is an overview of key dates in not just Stonewall's history but in the development of lesbian, gay, bi and trans history in terms of social, political and legislative change, representation and visibility. Despite this, the recommendations are rejected by the government. The Committee attracts support from leading figures in the medical profession, the arts and the church. It is based on a parallel movement in the US based on revolutionary politics. He died ten days later. The case was lost but the court noted the seriousness of the issues facing trans people. The Act states that a local authority "shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality" or "promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship".
How LGBT Civil Servants Became Public Enemy No. 1 in the 1950s
Gay rights movement , also called homosexual rights movement or gay liberation movement , civil 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. In the s, during the reign of Henry VIII , England passed the Buggery Act, which made sexual relations between men a criminal offense punishable by death. In Britain sodomy remained a capital offense punishable by hanging until
During the s, the State Department began to scrutinize public servants in its ranks, methodically scanning personnel files and interviewing suspected threats. You might think the targets were suspected Communists—after all, it was the height of the Red Scare and Cold War paranoia. Instead, LGBT people were in the crosshairs, accused of unfitness to serve.