In the twenty-first century, members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community have made incredible strides towards acceptance and equality. But unfortunately, members of the LGBT community still remain a target of hatred and violence despite the impressive progress that has been achieved.
Many historians concluded that there exists evidence of same-sex love and activity in every documented culture.
Some cultures were more accepting of these relationships and activities than others.
It was not until the post-World War II era that advocacy groups starting to form in the United States for members of the LGBT community. Specifically, these individuals were seeking equal protection under the law and rose in prominence during the Civil Rights movement for African-Americans.
The issue of LGBT rights came to the forefront after Senator Joseph McCarthy’s investigation of homosexuals holding jobs within the government became an early rallying cry for equal rights and protections. Plus, there was an increasing number of studies, such as Alfred Kinsey’s famous 1947 report, which helped usher in a greater understanding of the topic.
But the turning point for the LGBT movement and gay liberation came in 1969 during the Stonewall Riots. Patrons of the popular Stonewall Inn, located in New York City’s Greenwich Village, took to the streets to protest ongoing police raids of the neighborhood bar which was openly welcoming of LGBT customers.
The Stonewall Riots are still considered a watershed moment for the LGBT community and groups pushing for civil right throughout the 1970s. They led to a growing acceptance of the community mostly demonstrated with Pride Parades and groups pushing for civil rights throughout the 1970s.
Since that time, the march for equal protections for all members of the LGBT community has continued, culminating in the 2015 decision by the United States Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriages.
Today across the United States, members of the LGBT community enjoy more acceptance and rights than previous generations. But they still face incredible hatred, like the infamous mass shooting at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Florida.
Organizations like OneEighty continue to fight and advocate for the rights of all Ohio citizens, especially the local LGBT communities across Wayne County and Holmes County. Until we are all truly free to live our lives as we wish, none of us truly are free!