As part of LGBTQ+ history month this October, the Tilton School GSA highlighted some historic moments and people of the queer community.
The Stonewall Riots
In June of 1969, employees and customers of the Stonewall Inn in New York City, fed up with the constant harassment and social discrimination, began to protest a police raid of the bar, which eventually turned into six days of riots. The riots serve as a motivation for the gay rights movement and LGBT political activism around the world.
As the first gay man elected into office in 1930, Harvey Milk brought hope to the LGBTQ+ at the time and helped pave the way for current LGBTQ+ politicians like Pete Buttigieg.
Billie Jean King
A tennis legend who, rather than publicly deny who she was when outed as LGBTQ, embraced her identity and, in doing so, became the first openly gay professional athlete.
Martha P. Johnson
Known for her role in the Stonewall Riots, Johnson became a leader for the community, particularly helping transgender youth.
National March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights – 1979
This was the first march on Washington to demand equal rights and the passive of protective legislation. The national gay rights movement traces its origins to the efforts of this historic march.