The Views Of The Gay Rights Movement

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In the modern era, people of the United States of America have increasingly become more tolerant and accepting of differences in race, gender, sexual orientation, and religion. However, the new liberal mindset of people regarding characteristics such as race and sexual orientation would not be possible without the relentless protesters and dedicated activists who fought hard to make their views heard through a movement that would greatly impact and shape the future of this country. The gay rights movement which started in the late 1960’s aimed at achieving human rights for homosexuals; the phenomenal empowering poems and widely acclaimed literary works of Audre Lorde significantly promoted gay rights and provided a unique point of view of the life of a homosexual. Furthermore, the gay rights movement “is the effort to eliminate prejudice and discrimination against homosexual women and men” (Stoddard). Organizations advocating for the rights of homosexuals thrived in Germany and England from 1860s through the 1920s. However, similar organizations did not start appearing in the United States until 1950. On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar, which then became the turning point of the gay rights movement in the United States. The raids were quite often at the Inn, and usually after the raids, members of the club would be arrested; however, the Inn would reopen after a few hours. During the June raid most of the patrons of Stonewall resisted

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