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History of LGBT+: From Riots to Rights

History of LGBT+: From Riots to Rights


From riots to rights, the history of LGBT+ is not simple to squeeze-down in a few points. Nonetheless, we have tried to create a summarised blog on the history of LGBT+ to better understand the current LGBT+ and the whole queer community.


“LGBT+ hai toh kya gum hai? Yaha sabke liye khuli hai baahein aur sirf pyaar ka mausam, har dum hai…” but, it is not that simple. Looking back to the history of LGBT+, get ready to thrill your nerves. You will be revealed to what it takes to feel belonged when you are slightly different from others and what a struggle it is to accept oneself openly!

  1. USA, 1924
  • a. It all started in Chicago when a German man Henry Gerber led the first documented US Gay Rights Organisation.
  • b. The police raided the organisation in 1925.
USA, 1924

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2. Between the 1940s and 1960s, many gay people in New York disclosed their real and sexual identity. A regular occurrence of gay-people getting tortured and arrested by police begun, and mostly, gay people were found in drag form.

Gay People in New York
  1. The Pink Triangle

Before, it symbolised shame, but afterwards, it was reclaimed as the symbol of gay men. It was turned into a positive-symbol of self-identity.

The Pink Triangle

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  1. Stonewall Riots
  • After several raids in America, a historically biggest and the most significant raid happened at the Stonewall Inn on 28 June 1969.
  • In 1966, the Stonewall Inn (which was earlier a straight bar) turned into a gay bar in Greenwich Village.
  • It was in the morning that the club was raided by the police. All the agitated supporters came on the road for the protest that continued for 5 days in a row. The number was more than 100.
  • A year after, many rights came into place, like the Gay Liberation Front, Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD (formerly Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), and PFLAG (formerly Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).
  • Barack Obama announced the notable riot to be honoured in 2016 by forming a national monument.
Stonewall Riots

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  1. Section 377

It was during this period that Section 377 was begun to be explored. Under this section, it was said that intercourse with a same-sex person or with an animal is a punishable offence because it goes against the natural order of things.

Section 377

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  1.  6 September 2018, India
  • After almost struggling and fighting for 200 years, the government punched out section 377.
  • This was a special day for the LGBT+ community in India.
  • The 50-page verdict apologised for the late rule implementation.
6 September 2018, India
  1. Homosexuality in India
  • The 5-member constitution bench under the Indian Penal Code was addressed to set the fundamental-rights for the gay people in India.
  • The task was headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Justices RF Nariman, DY Chandrachud, AM Khanwilkar, and Indu Malhotra.
Homosexuality in India

This was an extremely crisp intro & summary of the notably long history of LGBT+ communities struggling and fighting against the societal POV of looking at gender and identity. Moreover, our focus, being Desi, remained in India!

Thus, we encourage you to keep exploring more about this queer community as you never know how it might incorporate even you into it! And also, as you begin your journey of finding your gender and identity, we want you to keep an attitude “Hum toh aise he hai, tenu ki” high up on your sleeves!

Blog Edited By Ritika Gupta

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