Top 5 Greatest Moments in Gay Rights History

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A recent groundswell in attitudes of acceptance—especially among young people—toward gay people as full and equal Americans is the result of a long and often difficult struggle known as the gay rights movement. For most of American history, homosexuality was forbidden by both custom and law, resulting in gays being forced to live in secret or face exclusion from many facets of American life. The movement has made monumental strides in reducing discrimination, ridicule, harassment and violence that gays formerly expected to endure.
Top 5 Greatest Moments in Gay Rights History
Medioimages/Photodisc/Valueline/Getty Images
A recent groundswell in attitudes of acceptance—especially among young people—toward gay people as full and equal Americans is the result of a long and often difficult struggle known as the gay rights movement. For most of American history, homosexuality was forbidden by both custom and law, resulting in gays being forced to live in secret or face exclusion from many facets of American life. The movement has made monumental strides in reducing discrimination, ridicule, harassment and violence that gays formerly expected to endure.
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