Series: Finding Our Place: LGBTQ Heritage in the United States

LGBTQ Activism

rainbow flag graphic
Rainbow flag.
Over the years, queer activism has taken many shapes. Private organizations have formed to support community members and take up political causes; artists, writers, and speakers disseminate their ideas on civil justice through every medium imaginable. On some occasions, like the 1969 riots at the Stonewall Inn, oppressive, discriminatory circumstances ferment to a bursting point and acts of unintentional activism become the catalyst for a broader movement for civil rights. The struggle for LGBTQ rights takes place in every diverse community across the country, each situation involving specific cultural experiences and circumstances. Following are just a few examples of queer activism in the U.S., a legacy that began in the early 20th century and continues today.