Now that Prop 8 in California has been struck down, it seems to me that now is a good opportunity to take a brief look back at how far LGBTs have come.
Drag Ball at Webster Hall, New York, 1920s
Advertisement from Broadway Brevities, 1929
Pioneering gay rights advocate Magnus Hirschfeld (wearing glasses seated on the right) with friends, Berlin, 1920s
The library of Hirschfeld's Institute for Sexual Research after a Nazi raid, 1933
Erwin Schimitzek, a store clerk from Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland), arrested for homosexuality and deported to Auschwitz. He died in 1942 at age 23.
Trannies under arrest in New York, 1962
Graffiti on the Stonewall Bar, New York, 1969
One of the few photographs of the Stonewall Riots, New York, 1969. The young man in the striped shirt and blond hair on the left appears again in the photo below. He went by the street name of Jackie Hormona.
Gay Liberation march in Times Square, New York, 1969
An ACT-UP protest, 1990.
Chaz Howard, a bashing victim from North Carolina
The consecration of Gene Robinson as the first openly gay and partnered bishop in the Episcopal Church, 2003
Lt. Dan Choi (left) protesting the military ban on gays and lesbians, 2010.
A California marriage clerk's office, 2008
I'm amazed. There's so much that has happened that I never expected to see.