History of the LGBT Rights Movement

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LGBT History Month is a month marked by days, weeks, and anniversaries. Throughout October, celebrations abound in support of National Coming Out Day (" to promote a safe world for LGBT individuals to live truthfully and openly" - Human Rights Campaign), Spirit Day (to "stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBT youth" - GLAAD) and Ally Week ("how everyone...can work to become better allies to LGBT youth" - GLSEN). It is a reminder of the National Marches on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1979, the very first, and in 1981, which focused on the AIDS crisis. The month also remembers Matthew Shepard and the eventual passing of The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act eleven years after his death. Today, LGBT History Month highlights LGBT people and their roles in the LGBT community.

WORLD Channel looks to the past and the present, and to the thousands of activists who have brought about change, and continue to do so, in this civil rights movement. Witness how individuals and organizations are making positive change for the LGBTQ community in today's America.

History of the LGBT Rights Movement

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