Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. It is the first documented gay rights organization. The Society focuses on social acceptance and other support for homosexuals. April - The American Psychiatric Association's diagnostic manual lists homosexuality as a sociopathic personality disturbance. April 27, - President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order that bans homosexuals from working for the federal government, saying they are a security risk.
I briefly wondered if I had wandered into the wrong conference. Yet surveying the various panel discussions left me confused. Gay people were once policed as criminal subversives, depicted in the popular culture as deviants, and pathologized by the medical establishment as mentally ill. Now most of America views homosexuality as benign. Only 30 years ago, 57 percent of Americans believed consensual gay sex should be illegal.
The group published a newsletter, Friendship and Freedom, which ran for two issues. Gerber and other members of the society were arrested in following a police raid. The arrests marked the end of the Society for Human Rights. In , Illinois became the first state to decriminalize homosexual acts between consenting adults in private. San Francisco While New York City is credited with launching the gay-rights movement, San Francisco is probably more closely associated with it and more influential in shaping it.
Gay equality activist Barbara Gittings picketing Independence Hall in The new social movements of the sixties, such as the Black Power and anti-Vietnam war movements in the US, the May insurrection in France, and Women's Liberation throughout the Western world, inspired many LGBT activists to become more radical,  and the Gay Liberation movement emerged towards the end of the decade. This new radicalism is often attributed to the Stonewall riots of , when a group of gay men, lesbians, and drag queens at a bar in New York resisted a police raid.