During this time, drag shows were fairly common, but it was not out of the ordinary for the male performers to be viewed as simply performers and not gay men. The budding community continued its courtship with the arts through plays, movies and literature until 1935, when
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This can all be credited to the massive increase of people in the metropolitan areas.
Ultimately these times during and after the war were instrumental in the gay and lesbian communities because they were able to know that there were people like them from other parts of the country.
By the early 50s, with a surge of liberalism and contemporary art, gay films and literature began being produced. It was around this time that Alfred Kinsey created the Kinsey scale, which was used to describe a person’s sexual orientation based on experience and found that there were approximately 20 million gay men and women. This scale, which rejected the idea of an either/or dichotomy of sexuality (Anderson). The aforementioned estimate was then a great source of hope amongst gay people; it showed that they were not a small minority as they once thought. However, with every advance, there’s a pushback; the era of McCarthyism, which lasted from the early to mid 50s, led to anything alternative to the norm (sexuality, feminist movements, and “dissidents”) being labeled as “communist” and thus punishable by law. …show more content…
When the patrons of the bar and bystanders decided that they were not going to accept any further abuses and actively defend themselves, they committed the first monumental act of resistance in the gay rights movement. The riots (which lasted 5 days), became protests, and the protests became marches and soon pride parades. The level of visibility seen during this time was absolutely unfathomable just 10-15 years prior.
On June 24, 2016, President Obama officially designated Stonewall and the surrounding neighborhood as a National Historic Site. This is important because for over a century, the
American government shamed, harassed, abused, and refused to acknowledge the rights and civil liberties of American citizens, simply because of their sexual orientation and gender identity and this problem is still alive today. Wendy Stark, executive director of the Callen-Lorde Community
Health Center stated "The recognition of Stonewall as a national monument is an important step in recognizing our vibrant past and spotlighting the unique contributions LGBT Americans