The Future Of The Gay Movement: Is It Moving In The Right Direction A Brief History

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Keeping their identities secret, social reformers began to defend homosexuality back in the 1870's. Campaigning for the legislation of homosexuality the "Order of Chaeronea" which was a secret British society and Oscar Wilde brought the movement into the 19th century. Writing in defense of same-sex love and androgyny John Henry Mackay and English poet Edward Carpenter aided in leading the way to the Gay Rights Movement in the 1890's. Calling for tolerance John Addington Symonds and Edward Carpenter were contributor's in the development of Havelock Ellis's cutting-edge book ***** Inversion which was censored when it was first published in England.

Materializing from the 1860's was another movement cropping up in America and Europe. Moving away from the enslavement of women first-wave feminists and radicals of the libertarian left, defied traditional institutions of marriage and family by expressing "free love" and challenged a repressive legislation.

As times change so did the Gay Rights Movement. Following World War II numerous gay rights groups were formed in the United States, Holland, Germany, France and England. There emphasis was on love and not coition. The movement continued through the 1950s and 1960s but were still being completely ignored by the media.

With the new movements of the 1960's came change. There were LGBT groups that became more radical giving birth to the Gay Liberation Movement. Shortly thereafter Gay Activists Alliance and the Gay Liberation Front were created. As noted by Gay Liberal writer Toby Marotta he was quoted as saying, "their Gay liberal outlooks were not homophile but liberationist".

Gay Pride was one of the concepts that was taken during the movement. Symbolizing that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender should be proud of their identity and choice of orientation. The movement prides themselves on three main truths: diversity is a gift, generative orientation and gender distinctiveness are hereditary and cannot altered and people should be proud of their identity and generative orientation.

The word 'Pride' represents community as a whole and is not used as a repressive word. From the Stonewall movement to today many now celebrate LGBT pride. The symbols of the LGBT are composed of the LGBT rainbow flag, the Greek lamda symbol, black triangles symbols converted from its past use as Nazi concentration camps badges of shame, the butterfly and pink.

June was proclaimed in the United States to be Gay Pride month by Bill Clinton in 2000. President Barrack Obama on June 1,2009 also proclaimed June to be LGBT month in the United States.

From the 1800s until today the Gay Pride Movement has came a long way, it is no longer secret. In some parts of the United States LGBT couples are now allowed to marry. Internationally acknowledgement varies depending on the Country the couple reside in and there have been isolated incidences in the Middle East if a couple is caught they are murdered.

So has the Gay movement been moving in the right direction? The answer to that is yes. They have overcame every obstacle that has been put in front of them, dealt with every hardship and stood up for what they believe in; which is equality for every individual who is a part of the LGBT.

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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

This is a very well composed brief history of the Gay Rights movement.


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mvaivata 4 years ago

This is a really interesting, well formed hub. It still seems so strange to me that the LGBT community should HAVE to be making strides. What I mean to say is, sexuality should never be a matter of scrutiny or debate. It's just another natural part of life. Since, unfortunately, it IS such an issue with so many, I am glad to know that the community is getting to a better place.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

homesteadbound: Thank you. I only wanted others to understand who they are and what they represent.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

mvaivvata: I am glad they are getting to a better place too! They have came along way, but I believe as strong as they are they will come out strong and prevail. :)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Very intelligently written and researched. I do not think our society should be so concerned and worried about who everyone loves. This is a great example of how people like to isolate others because they aren't exactly the same. I do think the world is opening their eyes and realizing this isn't a huge mystery that needs investigating or a "cure". It's just a difference like I like blue and you might like orange...that's all!


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pandula77 4 years ago from Norway

Very well researched article...it may still be a controversial topic in many parts of the world but the will to stand for what they believe in is an example for most of us.


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calpol25 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

I love this Article so much AE, have shared it everywhere xxx Thank you so much for this xxx


Tif 4 years ago

Great piece. It's been a long haul, and now the grassroots is seeking FULL LGBT EQUALITY - by 2014. Take the Pledge - and read the details of what equal non-discrimination protection entails - here: www.actonprinciples.org/thepledge


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Shiningstar4u2c 4 years ago from Hilton Head Island

I do not have to even read this article, the title says it all. No they are NOT moving in the right direction! They should be cleaning up the closet instead of coming out of it! They should be moving to their knees and falling on their faces asking God to deliver them from such a wicked spirit and save them before He burns the world to the ground. he burned over 3 million people ALIVE in two great cities for this one single perversion of life and He warned it would return in the end of days as it has done, but this is where they should be running to God the Altars to confess and repent of their Sins. Now will you even post this comment? I hope so. You did ask! : )

ps I will not comment further as I know if you post this it will cause quite a stir. I have said my thoughts.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

RealHousewife: Agreed. That is the point I am trying to get across to others. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

pandula77: They are an example and all of us can learn from there movement. All of them continue to overcome and that is what we should do too. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

calpol25: Thank you so much! It is sincerely appreciated it when I can right about a cause and movement and people can appreciate what is written. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Tif: It has been a long haul for many but all will persevere. :)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

AEvans.....Interesting and well presented History on this topic. It certainly has been a long and difficult journey for this community of people.

I keep waiting and hoping for that day when such drastic struggle will not be necessary....when every human being will simply be accepted, respected & embraced for who and what they are. UP+++


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Shiningstar4u2c: I to am a Christian and have had this discussion with many people. We cannot be judging others, we to shall be judged. In our straight society there are horrific things that happen in it to. We see pedophilia, cheating, abuse, rape, incest and yes men even sodomize our children.

I wrote about what love is in my perspective through the eyes of me and those words I hold near and dear to my heart. Remember love is kind. :) I also value your words. Yes I always post all comments, everyone has a right to their opinions. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

fpherj48: I keep waiting for that day to and hope that we see it in our lifetime. :)


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

I have always wondered why we are so infatuated with sex that we base so much our entire identity on it. I look forward to the day that we are focused on higher pursuits. I don't worry about what other people prefer to do in private.


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RavenBiker 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA.

Shiningstar, I love you too. Though you are a weebit wrong to be other than Christ: boastful and prideful of your beliefs---cancels you being Christian right off the bat.

AEvans, thanks for the post, however, you missed and improtant detail in your history recount: The Mattachine Society. The Society had given the movement self-affirmation before it moved forward in the late 1960's, something people like Shiningstar wishes to take away from those who are not like her.

The closet door is wide open and she says:

"They should be cleaning up the closet instead of coming out of it! They should be moving to their knees and falling on their faces asking God to deliver them from such a wicked spirit and save them before He burns the world to the ground."

My "Christian" God is not so vengeful. I'm sorry that her's is---but I still love her.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

WD Curry 111: Me too. One day that time will come when people will not be concerned about what others do but will stand side by side as one. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

RavenBiker: Thank you for bringing The 'Mattachine Society' to my attention. I apologize for not implementing that society into this hub. I read about the society before I replied to your comment. Equality is for everyone not just for ( hetero) people but for all that were born and walk on this Earth. Thank you for appreciating this hub. :)


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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Awesome Hub! I have nothing against gays. I believe they too have the right to choose what they want. It is their fundamental right. Voted up and tweeted.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Anamika S: Thank yo sou much for your reply and yes I to believe others have a choice. Thanks for the tweet! :)


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

I'm hoping it's soon. I am ready right now. Let's get together and do it right. Like the old "Canned Heat" song said . . . California old school . . .

http://youtu.be/tu8Rx4zz-3U


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

WD Curry 111: I hope so to and one can only hope it will definitely be very soon! :)

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