It’s been 50 years since Stonewall…but has America really accepted gay rights?

It’s been 50 years since Stonewall…but has America really accepted gay rights? It’s been 50 years since Stonewall…but has America really accepted gay rights?

June 19, 20192 min read
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It’s been a half-century since the Stonewall Uprising and the emergence of the gay pride movement. As cities across the world celebrate this month, it might also be time to look at where America stands today when it comes to gay rights.


“From the perspective of veteran activists, the progress has been astounding. In 1969, every state but Illinois outlawed gay sex, psychiatric experts classified homosexuality as a mental disorder, and most gays stayed in the closet for fear of losing jobs and friends.


“Today, same-sex marriage is the law of the land in the U.S. and at least 25 other countries. LGBT Americans serve as governors, big-city mayors and members of Congress, and one — Pete Buttigieg — is waging a spirited campaign for president.” June 17, ABC News


But there is still a lot of work to do.



LGBTQ people not only face discrimination in the workplace, in health care settings and even public restrooms, but can also suffer threats of violence.


Just last month, the nation was shocked to learn of the chilling attack of an American woman and her partner overseas in London. The lesbian couple was violently assaulted by teens on a double-decker bus, leaving one of the women with a broken jaw, after they refused to publicly kiss one another in front of the group of young men who were harassing them.


Are you covering this topic? There are a lot of questions about what needs to be done and that’s where our experts can help.  


Todd Powell-Williams, associate professor of Sociology at Augusta University, is an expert in social movements, social control, religion, police science and symbolic interactionism. Dr. Powell-Williams is available to speak with media about gay rights and where America stands 50 years after Stonewall. Simply click on her icon to arrange an interview.




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    Todd Powell-Williams Associate Professor of Sociology

    Professor Powell-Williams is an expert in social movements, social control, religion, police science and symbolic interactionism.

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