The society is the first gay rights organization as well as the oldest documented in America. After receiving a charter from the state of Illinois, the society publishes the first American publication for homosexuals, Friendship and Freedom. Soon after its founding, the society disbands due to political pressure. While psychologists and psychiatrists in the s consider homosexuality a form of illness, the findings surprise many conservative notions about sexuality. In an attempt to change public perception of homosexuality, the Mattachine Society aims to "eliminate discrimination, derision, prejudice and bigotry," to assimilate homosexuals into mainstream society, and to cultivate the notion of an "ethical homosexual culture. December 15, A Senate report titled "Employment of Homosexuals and Other Sex Perverts in Government" is distributed to members of Congress after the federal government had covertly investigated employees' sexual orientation at the beginning of the Cold War.
Some 4.5 percent of U.S. adults identify as LGBT: study
HIV and Gay and Bisexual Men | HIV by Group | HIV/AIDS | CDC
By Katy Steinmetz. For centuries, being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in America meant hiding at least part of who you were. The years since have brought a rapid social transformation, with LGBT Americans increasingly accepted throughout society and accorded many—though far from all—of its legal protections. As the LGBT population moves into its full and equal place in public life, many people are asking an old question with new urgency: just how many LGBT Americans are there?
Gay Americans: Government Begins LGBT Population Count
Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. The Trump administration is considering regulatory changes that would worsen barriers many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT people in the United States face in obtaining health care, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Many LGBT people are unable to find services in their area, encounter discrimination or refusals of service in healthcare settings, or delay or forego care because of concerns of mistreatment.
People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender LGBT are members of every community. They are diverse, come from all walks of life, and include people of all races and ethnicities, all ages, all socioeconomic statuses, and from all parts of the country. The perspectives and needs of LGBT people should be routinely considered in public health efforts to improve the overall health of every person and eliminate health disparities. Source: CDC.