2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a series of revolts by gay, lesbian, and transgender people against police harassment in Greenwich Village, New York City, in 1969. The riots are considered a pivotal moment in the LGBTQ rights movement. During the 1950s and 1960s, when homosexuality was still illegal in all U.S states except Illinois in 1969, police forces across the country would routinely raid gay bars. To commemorate this historic event and the birthplace of the pride revolution, we explore the important events in LGBTQ history, from antiquity to the modern day, the important thinkers and some key milestones for the LGBTQ rights movement.
The list is not meant to be exhaustive but is an overview of the key dates in the development of LGBTQ history.