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gay-rights movement

(Encyclopedia) gay-rights movement, organized efforts to end the criminalization of homosexuality and protect the civil rights of homosexuals. While there was some organized…

Milestones in the Gay Rights Movement

Source: Excerpted from The Reader's Companion to American History. Copyright © 1991 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Late in the [19th] century, as large cities allowed for greater anonymity, as…

Important Places in the Gay-Rights Movement

From Greenwich Village to San Francisco, sites that have helped shape the gay-rights movement by Beth Rowen The Stonewall Inn, Greenwich Village, New York. Source: WikiCommons Related…

The American Gay Rights Movement: A Timeline

This timeline provides information about the gay rights movement in the United States from 1924 to the present: including the Stonewall riots; the contributions of Harvey Milk; the "Don't Ask, Don't…

Henry, Mary Kay

(Encyclopedia) Henry, Mary Kay, 1958–, American labor leader, b. Detroit, B.A. Michigan State Univ., 1979. She began working with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU…

Aspin, Les

(Encyclopedia) Aspin, Les (Leslie Aspin, Jr.), 1938–95, U.S. politician and government official, b. Milwaukee, Wis. Running as a Democrat opposed to the Vietnam War , he won…

human rights

(Encyclopedia) human rights, universal rights held to belong to individuals by virtue of their being human, encompassing civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights and…

homosexuality

(Encyclopedia) homosexuality, a term created by 19th cent. theorists to describe a sexual and emotional interest in members of one's own sex. Today a person is often said to have a…

marriage

(Encyclopedia) marriage, socially sanctioned union that reproduces the family . In all societies the choice of partners is generally guided by rules of exogamy (the obligation to…

civil rights

(Encyclopedia) civil rights, rights that a nation's inhabitants enjoy by law. The term is broader than political rights, which refer only to rights devolving from the…