Gay Liberation Front (GLF) was formed. GLF consisted of activists confronting social norms around homosexuality.
The American Psychiatric Association removes homosexuality as a psychiatric disorder.
Combahee River Collective formed. This was a collection of black lesbian feminists of the working class who actively tackled race, sexual, heterosexual, and class oppressions.
AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) was established by lesbians and gay men in response to the AIDS epidemic.
Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage.
Gay marriage is now considered legal in all 50 states of America.
Due to the fact that being a lesbian was considered a taboo during this time period, the GLF made women feel more comfortable being open about their sexual orientation.
This group was formed as many black lesbian feminists felt like their voices were not being heard in other organizations as they typically consisted of predominately white women. Therefore, these women felt oppressions due to race and sexual orientation.
Many doctors and psychiatrists thought homosexuality was a psychiatric disorder that could be "fixed" with a couple of psychiatry sessions.
This ultimately united the gay community. ACT UP protested for more accessible experimental drugs in order to fight the outbreak of AIDS.
Seven members of the ACT UP GROUP chained themselves to the new york stock exchange protesting against the high cost of the only federally approved drug for aids, azt. luckily, this protest worked and the price for azt was lowered.
This demonstrates how class played a prominent role; only individuals who could afford this pricey drug were able to combat this disease quickly.
The 1990s were the start of the third wave. This wave
is an extremely important aspect to LGBTQ rights as it increasingly consisted of women of color, trans and queer individuals. A group called Queer Nation also emerged in 1990 which brought together the queer community.
As lesbians and trans individuals were typically excluded from the second wave, feminists of the third wave accepted these individuals.
While it is evident that lgbtq rights has come a long way, i believe that we still have a ways to go. although members of the lgbtq community are now more accepted than once before, they are still considered a minority and are discriminated against throughout society today. i believe that we should continue to do what the third wave feminists sought for, looking through an intersectional lens. this will allow individuals the ability to understand that there may be multiple forms of oppression in one's life. for example, an individual in the lgbtq community could not only be facing sexual orientation oppression, but race and class oppression as well. i can only hope that the lgbtq community will continue to become more increasingly accepted throughout society.
the first gay organization was formed under the name of Society for human rights, funded by henry gerber.
However, this organization was short-lived due to "political pressures".
daughters of Bilitis, the first lesbian organization was formed by Del martin and phyllis lyon.
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Although this was an amazing breakthrough for the lesbian community, this group remained secretive to society.
The 44th president, Barack Obama, contemplated the "toilet wars" phenomenon that many transgender students faced at school figuring out which bathroom they can go into.
This happened on May 17th. This was a huge celebration for the LGBTQ community.
It took eleven more years for the remaining states to follow in Massachusetts' footsteps. Finally, members of the lgbtq community do not have to face oppression in marriage.
The result: students are allowed to use the bathroom of their choice based upon their self-identified gender.
In class sources: Chicago Gay Liberation Front, Combahee River Collective, A HISTORY OF U.S. FEMINISMS, notes