Gay Rights Movement by Stephanie Watson

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1 Inspired by Noble’s victory, sitting Minnesota state senator Allan Spear came out that December, making him the country’s first openly gay male state legislator. Later, other politicians also came out, including Gerry Studds and Barney Frank, both Democratic congressmen from Massachusetts. Of the two major political parties in the United States, the Democratic Party has historically been more sympathetic than the Republicans to the gay cause. In 1980, the Democrats became the first party to add gay civil rights to their platform.

By 1961, the national organization dissolved, although some city chapters continued. However, its contributions lived on. The group is credited with officially launching the gay rights movement. ONE While the Mattachine Society was still in existence, its Los Angeles, California, chapter made another big contribution to the gay rights movement. In 1953, the chapter published the magazine One. ” 7 The magazine operated out of a tiny two-room office. Because magazine distributors refused to carry One, staff members themselves had to distribute the publication to subscribers.

There were people who preceded me. I guess we saw the trails and blazed them. We pushed against a sometimes willing, and sometimes a very unwilling, larger mass, but I never thought that it was possible that the movement would become as large as it is today. Things have moved so quickly. Even as late as ten years ago, there were few of us who would have expected that we would be where we are now. ” 6 there, he launched efforts to overturn Letter-Writing Campaign the government’s antigay policies.

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