The Untied States is a country that is more favorable towards gay men and lesbian women, but not completely. The Society for Human Rights in Chicago, Illinois was the first documented gay rights organization in the United States (“The American Gay Rights Movement”). This dates back to 1924. In 1951, The Mattachine Society was founded. This was the first national gay rights organization, founded by Harry Hay (“The American Gay Rights Movement”). Gays were pulled from military service during the 1950s and in 1953 gays were prohibited from Federal employment (“Milestones”). An FBI surveillance program followed, as homosexual acts were considered criminal. Additionally, the American Psychiatric Association listed homosexuality as a mental disorder until 1973 (“The American Gay Rights Movement”). The Stonewall Riots of 1969 was the most pivotal event in the Gay Rights Movement. Police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City. For the first time, the patrons fought back and initiated a riot that lasted three days (“Milestones”). Following this event, gays throughout the United States were liberated. Throughout the 1970s many other organizations were formed and... [continues]
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