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