The Struggle For Lgbt Rights

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The Struggle for LGBT+ Rights in America Brought together by various organizations, and united by shared persecution, the gay community came together and pushed for their rights, and were able to obtain them through science and litigation. The outset of the gay rights movement can be traced back to World War I. The World War brought America out of its isolationism and exposed Americans to life outside America. For the first time Americans saw firsthand the way countries like, England, France, Germany, and others treated their citizens. For many Americans World War I was a catalyst for change, and the fight for gay rights is no exception. From 1920-1923 Henry Gerber served with the U.S. Army in allied occupied Germany. There, he witnessed…show more content…
Gerber would be tried three times before being found not guilty, but by then the damage was done. Gerber would lose his life savings and job before moving to New York and reenlisting into the Army. While serving Gerber would continue his crusade for gay rights. He would lead a correspondence club called connections, which would become a national network for gay men. He would also go on to write articles for various publications, arguing for gay rights, under a pen name.Though Society for Human Rights failed in its longevity the seeds for the gay rights movement in America had been sowed. In the late 1940s the gay rights movement would receive aegis from an unlikely source, science. In the 1940s, while teaching a course on marriage, scientist Alfred Kinsey noticed there was very little scientific data on sex. He spent the next years applying the principles of scientific research to the topic of sexual behavior. In 1948 Kinsey published his first book Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. The book was based on more than 10,000 interviews, during which, subjects answered very candid and personal questions. The book sold close to 500,000 copies and Kinsey used the royalties for further research. Even though the sold, its contents were still extremely taboo, for the time. The book, itself, deals with human

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