The Stonewall Riots And The Lgbt Community Essay

1520 Words Apr 4th, 2016 7 Pages
In the United States history, it is taken to be discriminated against for being “different”. One group in particular was, and always has been discriminated against being lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people known as, LGBT, have fought for equal rights since the 1950s. With many Americans frowning upon the LGBT lifestyle in this time period, it is keen to knowing that soon enough, the LGBT community would take action. On June 28th, 1969 in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, one of the most memorable moments in LGBT history took place. Stonewall, a popular gay bar was raided with police forces that quickly escalated and exponentially resulted in Stonewall patrons of all gender identities and sexual orientations to begin forceful attacks against the New York City Police in order to prove that they are people who deserve to be treated equally. The Stonewall Riots were one of the starting points of the equal rights movement for the LGBT population in America. To illustrate the discrimination of homosexuals and lesbians in America, starting with LGBT life prior to the events taken place at the Stonewall Inn. Homosexuals were often sheltered from daily life, due to the discovery in the medical field. “Meanwhile, the medical community condemned homosexuals as mentally ill” (Bausum). In America, medical professionals completed many studies to prove that homosexuality was in fact a mental illness, until the 1970s, after the events taken place at Stonewall. With…

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