Tagged: civil rights

Gay History – April 17, 1965: Frank Kameny Leads The First Gay & Lesbian Protest At The White House

On April 17th, 1965 Dr. Frank Kameny, along with gay rights pioneer Jack Nichols, who co-founded the Mattachine Society of Washington, DC  bravely led the first “homosexual rights” protest at the White House at a time in history when being gay and lesbian was viewed as an abomination in this country.

Gay History - 1974: The Equality Act Introduced to Congress and We Are Still Waiting

MRS. AMERICA – 1974: Bella Abzug Introduces The Equality Act to Congress

In 1974, gay activists in New York City were fighting to pass a city-wide gay rights ordinance. The late NY Representative to Congress Bella Abzug (pictured above), inspired by the emergence of the first national gay rights organization, the then newly formed National Gay Task Force (NGTF), had the idea to circumvent local homophobes by introducing federal legislation that would, give gays and lesbians full equality under the law.