Gay rights movement , also called homosexual rights movement or gay liberation movement , civil rights movement that advocates equal rights for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transsexuals; seeks to eliminate sodomy laws barring homosexual acts between consenting adults; and calls for an end to discrimination against gay men and lesbians in employment, credit lending, housing, public accommodations, and other areas of life. Religious admonitions against sexual relations between same-sex individuals particularly men long stigmatized such behaviour, but most legal codes in Europe were silent on the subject of homosexuality. Beginning in the 16th century, lawmakers in Britain began to categorize homosexual behaviour as criminal rather than simply immoral. In the s, during the reign of Henry VIII , England passed the Buggery Act, which made sexual relations between men a criminal offense punishable by death. In Britain sodomy remained a capital offense punishable by hanging until
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Karen Grigsby Bates. LGBT rights have been inspired by the earlier civil rights movement. The campaign for same-sex marriage rights has often been compared to the black civil rights movement of the s. And that comparison has irritated many African-Americans. She begins with someone who's been questioning the comparison. He says same-sex marriage is incompatible with his faith, and like Martin, he doesn't like folding the civil rights and gay rights movements together.
Gay rights movement
This timeline provides information about the gay rights movement in the United States from to the present: including the Stonewall riots; the contributions of Harvey Milk; the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy; the first civil unions; the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York; and more. Go to International Policies on Same-Sex Marriage for an updated list on which countries have legalized gay marriage. Caffe Cino is credited with starting the Off-Off-Broadway theater movement.
My mother's father didn't want to attend her wedding. To a Chinese immigrant who came to New York as a boy, who had lived and toiled in the back of a laundromat and worked his way up to become a successful insurance business owner and community leader, the prospect of his oldest child marrying a black American man was not just shameful, it was a step backward. As the date approached and the tension increased, my parents had no idea of how many guests to plan for. My father's parents welcomed the marriage, so they were in, but because my grandfather was head of his extended family, no one could go if he didn't.