Gay History: Activism and LGBT Rights News

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Gay history is all around us. You just have to know where to look. The LGBTQ community has faced its fair share of struggles throughout history. From the infamous Stonewall incident of 1969 to the ongoing persecution of gay men and women around the world, there are so many aspects of our history that often go unnoticed. As we try to forge a brighter future for everyone in the LGBTQ community, we can learn from the events of our past. LGBTQ history is about more than just overcoming adversity; it’s about cherishing and remembering all of the ways the LGBTQ community has influenced society as a whole over the years. We are proud to pay tribute to the LGBTQ movers and shakers who have turned pop culture and gay history on its head. From centuries past to the latest in today's headlines, celebrate gay history with a nod to those that dare to dream.
History
It Turns Out Homosexuality Is Quite Literally an ‘Ancient Chinese Secret,’ Dating Back to 600 BC

Throughout history, homosexuality in China has been accepted, and Emperor Ai of Han even tried to get his lover Dong Xian to inherit the throne

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History
The Mattachine Society Helped Lay the Groundwork for Queer Liberation

The Mattachine Society was eventually seen as too reserved, but it laid the groundwork for the entire LGBTQ rights movement

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Culture
How to Identify a Homosexual, According to a 1980 CIA Memo

In 1980, the CIA released a three-page memorandum on how to identify homosexuals during investigations in order to blackmail them

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History
Queer People Rioted in 1959, a Decade Before Stonewall, at L.A.’s Cooper’s Do-Nuts

While many of us think of Stonewall as the first major fight for LGBTQ rights, there were predecessors, like the Cooper’s Do-Nuts Riot 10 years before

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