Aimee. Age: 27.
Return to Out In The Redwoods project home. Unlike earlier eras, homosexuality was taboo in the middle of the twentieth century. Small but courageous homophile organizations like the Mattachine Society, One, and Daughters of Bilitis fought for civil rights, but homophobia and intolerance remained pernicious in the s. Homosexuality was pathologized, classified by the American Psychiatric Association as a psychiatric disorder, a definition that was not removed until
Emmeline. Age: 20.
Pioneering Photographs of Gay Life in the 1960s
Latest Issue. Past Issues. This article is the 11th in a series featuring clips from the American Archive of Public Broadcasting, which is working to digitize television and radio pieces so that they may be preserved for years to come.
Zaniyah. Age: 26.
The gay rights movement in the United States has seen huge progress in the last century, and especially the last two decades. Laws prohibiting homosexual activity have been struck down; lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals are now allowed to serve openly in the military transgender individuals were allowed to serve openly from until Marchwhen a new ban was put in place. And same-sex couples can now legally get married and adopt children in all 50 states. But it has been a long and bumpy road for gay rights proponents, who are still advocating for employment, housing and transgender rights.
An important moment in the history of homosexuality in Britain, the Sexual Offences Act partially decriminalised male homosexual acts. Yet despite its significance, it wasn't a moment of sudden liberation for gay men. In July male homosexual acts were partially decriminalised by the Sexual Offences Act.