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fig Donating Member (6 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-26-06 10:34 AM
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33. Excellent question, I'm glad you asked
I'm not a history buff, gay or otherwise, so I'm not a great person to respond but here is my attempt.

There was the stonewall uprising in New York, I think in the 60's, where police were regularly raiding and harrassing gay bar patrons with impunity. These patrons finally had enough and actually fought back against the raid. I believe there were many injuries and people were jailed. This was the beginning of the gay rights movement. A significant event in history and never discussed outside of gay circles.

There are people like Elenor Roosevelt whose extensive work in the women's rights movement is often cited without acknowledging her homosexuality which was probably a huge factor in her motivation to forge change for women.

There are innumerable creative people who's creativity came as a direct result of the injustices of discrimination and gay hatred. Their works are lauded without any mention of the struggles that shaped their work because nobody wants to acknowledge homosexuality.

Others can chime in with more accurate info and links but I hope this illuminates my point.
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