The gay liberation [a] movement is a social and political movement of the late s through the mids [b] that urged lesbians and gay men to engage in radical direct action , and to counter societal shame with gay pride. It wasn't until later in the seventies in urban gay centers and well into the eighties in smaller communities, that the marches began to be called "gay pride parades. Gay liberation is also known for its links to the counterculture of the time e. The term gay liberation sometimes refers to the broader movement to free LGBT people from social and legal oppression. Although the Stonewall riots of in New York are popularly remembered as the spark that produced a new movement, the origins predate these iconic events. Organized movements, particularly in Western Europe , have been active since the 19th century, producing publications, forming social groups and campaigning for social and legal reform.
The grim truth of being gay in prison | Sadhbh Walshe | Society | The Guardian
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I n , when Calvin Burdine was awaiting sentencing for allegedly stabbing his gay lover to death, the prosecuting attorney encouraged the jury in his closing remarks to award Burdine the death penalty, rather than life in prison, on the grounds that sending a gay man to prison was akin to sending a kid to a candy store. After 17 minutes of deliberation, the jury obliged and sentenced Burdine to die. His death sentence was later overturned mostly because Burdine's public defender had slept through much of his trial , but the homophobic thinking — that prison is some kind of paradise for gay men — lingers on. The reality of life in prison for homosexuals and transgender individuals does not appear to reflect this myth. One young man named Rodney, imprisoned for fraud and check-forging, sent me a detailed account of his life so far in prison.