The gay rights movement in the United States has seen huge progress in the last century, and especially the last two decades. Laws prohibiting homosexual activity have been struck down; lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals are now allowed to serve openly in the military transgender individuals were allowed to serve openly from until March , when a new ban was put in place. And same-sex couples can now legally get married and adopt children in all 50 states. But it has been a long and bumpy road for gay rights proponents, who are still advocating for employment, housing and transgender rights.
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Henry "Harry" Hay Jr. April 7, — October 24, was a prominent American gay rights activist, communist , and labor advocate. He was a co-founder of the Mattachine Society , the first sustained gay rights group in the United States, as well as the Radical Faeries , a loosely affiliated gay spiritual movement. Born to an upper middle class family in England, Hay was raised in Chile and California. From an early age, he acknowledged his same-sex sexual attraction , and came under the influence of Marxism. Briefly studying at Stanford University , he subsequently became a professional actor in Los Angeles, where he joined the Communist Party USA , becoming a committed activist in left-wing labor and anti-racist campaigns. As a result of societal pressure, he attempted to become heterosexual by marrying a female Party activist in , with whom he adopted two children.
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Gay rights activist and community leader Harvey Milk made history when he became one of the first openly gay officials in the United States in when he was elected to San Francisco's Board of Supervisors. He was tragically shot and killed the following year, and numerous books and films have been made about his life. Milk was born on May 22, , in Woodmere, New York. Reared in a small middle-class Jewish family, Milk was one of two boys born to William and Minerva Milk.
Fifty years ago, being gay put you beyond the social pale. You could be savagely beaten, kicked out of public spaces and private clubs, arrested, fired, expelled from your family, and scorned as a pariah. Today, lesbians and gay men are all but equal, with full marriage rights in view-supported by President Barack Obama in action and words.