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Timeline: The Politicization of Sexuality

By World Policy Journal

While international organizations and governments move to expand equality for all—regardless of sexual orientation—recent global developments threaten this progress. World Policy Journal presents "The Politicization of Sexuality," an interactive timeline exploring major events in the fight for LGBT rights. The timeline originally appeared in our Spring 2014 Issue, "Sex and Sexuality."

Click here to see the interactive timeline

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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Interactive timeline produced by Marguerite Ward, online news editor at World Policy Journal.

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