The Society Of Human Rights

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Homework #2 LGBTQ Timeline Bailey Riegel December 10, 1924: The Society of Human Rights was found in Chicago by a man named Henry Gerber. This was the first gay rights organization and it impacted the LGBTQ community in a big way because they finally had an organization that stood up for LGBT rights. (“Timeline: Milestones,” 2013) April 1952: Homosexuality was listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as a sociopathic personality disturbance. This caused a lot of uproar because there was no scientific data and a lack of empirical data. Somehow this criteria was able to make it into the DSM, homosexuals were not only looked at as outcasts but as well as people thought that something was wrong with them mentally. On December 15, 1973 this “disorder” was finally removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. (“Timeline: Milestones,” 2013). September 21, 1955: The Daughters of Bilitis became the first lesbian rights organization in the United States, founded in San Francisco. They hosted many social events so lesbians felt they had a safe place to socialize without having to worry about the police. (“Timeline: Milestones,” 2013). January 1, 1962: Illinois became the first state in the United States to decriminalize homosexuality. Before this there were sodomy laws where being a homosexual was illegal. (“Timeline: Milestones,” 2013). July 4, 1965: Picketers at the first Reminder Day staged outside the Independence Hall in Philadelphia to protest the lack of civil rights for LGBT individuals. This happened for five years after this date annually to bring awareness to the lack of rights LGBT people had. (“Timeline: Milestones,” 2013). August 1966: Following a riot, the National ... ... middle of paper ... ...n 1998 Matthew Sheppard, from Wyoming, was brutally beaten and later died due to injuries. This was known to be a hate crime against Matthew Sheppard because he was gay. This was a National issue and pushed for gay rights across the nation. This is huge in Wyoming and especially in the LGBT community. Wyoming along with many other states have legalized same-sex marriage and now the LGBT community is moving towards equal rights and opportunities. (“Wyoming legalizes,” 2014). Sources “Timeline: Milestones in the American Gay Rights Movement.” (2013). American Experience: TV’s Most watched history series. PBS. Retrieved by “Wyoming legalizes same-sex marriage.” (2014). Fox News Network. Retrieved by

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