Gay Rights

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Gay Rights: An On-Going Battle
On November 27, 1978 San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by former San Franciscan policeman Dan White. This was such a big issue to society because Milk was the first openly gay politician. It was believed that White had clashing issues with Milk and Moscone about gay rights, and at White’s trial his attorney claimed he had eaten too much junk food and was not thinking right. White was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and faced seven years in prison. Many people of San Francisco were outraged by this and started rioting on what would have been the day before Milk’s 49th birthday. This day was known as “White Night.” (“Harvey... View More »

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On October 14, 1979, the first gay rights march on Washington took place with 100,000 participants. On October 11, 1987, the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights took place with over 500,000 attendees. Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender, or LGBTs, were astounded by the great leap of people attending within a eight year period. Every October 11th, the gay community celebrates “National Coming Out Day” in honor of the march (Baunach 132). Between 1970 and 1990, many laws were passed to give gays equal rights, to decriminalize homosexual acts, and to let gays openly be hired in the workplace (“American”).
However, with every movement, there are people trying to stop it. People who had power in the southern, conservative states tried to get laws repealed. Nguyen said that these people went by the age old theory that “if something is happening that you do not want to happen, you stall as much as possible.” (Nguyen). One very famous person that attempted to slow down the movement was Anita Bryant, the spokesperson for Tropicana Orange Juice in the 70’s. She was very religious and believed that homosexuality was a sin and she was hated by so many people that one day when she was on live television being interviewed, a gay man came up to her and threw a pie in her face. She slowly became hated by gays and other people who believed in the gay movement, which was slowly becoming a greater number. People started refusing to do things for her like her hair and makeup, and soon Tropicana fired her (Torgoff). Other people associated with the ...

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