A brief history of the LGBT movement:
"I am forty-four years old, and I have lived through a startling transformation in the status of gay men and women in the United States. Around the time I was born, homosexual acts were illegal in every state but Illinois. Lesbians and gays were barred from serving in the federal government. There were no openly gay politicians. A few closeted homosexuals occupied positions of power, but they tended to make things more miserable for their kind. Even in the liberal press, homosexuality drew scorn: in The New York Review of Books, Philip Roth denounced the “ghastly pansy rhetoric” of Edward Albee, and a Time cover story dismissed the gay world as a 'pathetic little second-rate substitute for reality, a pitiable flight from life.' David Reuben’s 1969 best-seller, 'Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)'—a book I remember perusing shakily at the library—advised that 'if a homosexual who wants to renounce homosexuality finds a psychiatrist who knows how to cure homosexuality, he has every chance of becoming a happy, well-adjusted heterosexual.'"
PUBLISHED: Nov. 5, 2012
LENGTH: 30 minutes (7526 words)