Timeline: The Politicization of Sexuality

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From the Spring Issue "Sex & Sexuality"

While international organizations and governments move to expand equality for all—regardless of sexual orientation—recent global developments threaten this progress. The timeline begins at a pivotal moment, the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York, widely regarded as a catalyst for the modern LGBT movement. Stonewall is considered the first instance of community solidarity against systematic, state-sponsored persecution of sexual minorities. While the struggle has been ongoing, the most significant developments have occurred in the last 25 years, including expansion of voting rights, social welfare benefits, and political power. We end our timeline, however, with a disturbing new trend—the passage of homophobic legislation in Africa, South Asia, and Russia. 

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[Designed by Meehyun Nam-Thompson, compiled by Patrick Balbierz, Adam Echelman and Sandi Halimuddin]

 

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