God is Gay

Gay Liberation Front demonstration at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Fall 1970. Photograph by Richard C. Wandel. Courtesy of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center National History Archive.

June 27-29, 1969: Gays, lesbians, and transgender individuals fight back against the police after a raid on the gay bar the Stonewall Inn. 

July 31, 1969: In response to the Stonewall Rebellion, a group of gays and lesbians form the Gay Liberation Front (GLF).

December 21, 1969: Marty Robinson, Jim Owles, and ten others approve the constitution for the newly-formed Gay Activists Alliance (GAA).

May 1, 1970: A group of lesbians from the gay and women's liberation movements take over the Second Congress to Unite Women, initiating a conversation about lesbianism among conference participants. Radicalesbians (RL) is formed out of this action.

June 28, 1970: The First Annual Christopher Street Liberation Day March is held.

July 1970: Members of the Gay Liberation Front form the Third World Gay Revolution (TWGR).

September 20-25, 1970: Gay liberationists hold a five-day sit-in at NYU’s Weinstein Hall to protest the cancellation of gay dances there. Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) is formed out of this protest.

January 6, 1971: City Council Members Eldon Clingan and Carter Burden introduce a bill—Intro 475—to include sexual orientation in New York’s Human Rights Law.

October-December 1971: Three days of public hearings on Intro 475 are held.

January 27, 1972: The City Council’s General Welfare Committee votes against bringing Intro 475 to the full council.

January 1, 1973: Former GLFers Steven Dansky, John Knoebel, and Kenneth Pitchford lay out the vision of The Effeminists in their Effeminist Manifesto.