4th of July Doesn’t Celebrate Everyone

June is Pride month, and I would love to take time to focus on all of the amazing LGBTQ+ activists and important movements that have allowed us to celebrate pride and the LGBTQ+ community like we can today. Although there is much more to accomplish, below are a few crucial parts of history that have brought us where we are today!

→ In the 1950s, Harry Hay founded the Mattachine Foundation, which was one of the nation’s first gay rights groups.

→ 1961, Illinois becomes the first state to decriminalize homosexuality

→ On June 28th, 1969 the Stonewall riots occurred which became a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world. Police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular
gay club located in Greenwich village. This raid sparked protests that lasted 6 days and were very influential for the future of LGBTQ+ rights.

→ The Mattachine Foundation worked hard to capitalize on the energy from the Stonewall riots, by holding several public events to bring awareness and activism to the LGBTQ+ community

→ The Gay Liberation Front (GLF) was begun from the Mattachine Foundation, and these members coined the term “gay” which was previously ignored.

→ 1970, First gay pride week in NYC one year after Stonewall riots

→ 1990, homosexuality no longer considered a mental illness or a disease (from the WHO and the DSM-5)

→ MAY 28, 1998, Executive Order 13087 from President Clinton prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workforce. However, this did not extend to the military.

→ June 26th, 2015 → United States legalizes gay marriage

Although there is still much to overcome, the LGBTQ+ community has made immense progress throughout the years and it is important to recognize and celebrate all of those accomplishments
while simultaneously fighting for more equality and change!

– https://gladstone.org/news/lgbtq-history-timeline?psafe_param=1&gclid=CjwKCAjw-IWkBhBTEiwA2exyO-6nigRsf8NOez6JGIjmr2kWUadI3V7wuenFoudwDNPpKuKwndLVmhoCD_kQAvD_BwE
– https://www.britannica.com/biography/Harry-Hay-Jr
– https://lgbthistorymonth.com/

Written by: Melanie Small, intern

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