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I thought it would be a great time to revisit some important facts about Stonewall – and what you may not know.While the Stonewall Riots are largely regarded as the start to the gay rights movement, Marsha P.And as increasing numbers of gay employees became open about their sexuality, major corporations extended benefit programs to cover same-sex couples.“The private sector was always ahead of the politicians,” said Hilary Rosen, a Washington public relations consultant active in gay rights causes.So was popular culture, particularly television, which in recent years has presented an array of gay figures in a positive light.In early 1997, Gallup found a mirror image on interracial marriage, with 64 percent expressing approval.Public resistance obscured quieter advances elsewhere. Labor unions had long been the movement’s “strongest ally” in seeking protections for gay workers, said Gregory King, a staff member at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.In the past century in American politics, the sources of that reticence were no mystery.Judeo-Christian teachings, interpreted as condemning homosexuality, provided the backdrop for political debate in a nation more religious than others in the industrialized world.
But cultural changes unleashed in the 1960s began to erode those barriers.
He attended a high-profile gay-sponsored fund-raiser, spotlighted AIDS at his 1992 convention and promised an executive order barring discrimination against gay men and lesbians in the military.“He brought us inside the Democratic Party,” said David Mixner, an old friend of Mr.
Clinton’s from the opposition to the Vietnam War who became his adviser and ambassador to the gay rights movement. Democrats lost a landslide midterm election in 1994, leading Mr. In 1996, he infuriated gay supporters by signing the Defense of Marriage Act, whose constitutionality is being considered this week in one of the same-sex marriage cases before the Supreme Court.
Much like women’s history, much of LGBTQ history has simply not been well-documented.
This month we celebrate Stonewall 50, the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.WASHINGTON — The struggle for African-Americans’ rights, symbolized by the bloody 1965 Selma march, is as old as the nation.