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By Raymond A. Smith;Donald P. Haider-Markel

In 1969, whilst lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) humans first participated as a gaggle within the political approach, they confronted a majestic array of stumbling blocks. every little thing from own rejection and violence; kingdom anti-sodomy legislation; exclusion from the military; and criminal discrimination in employment, housing, credits, patron provider, and public accommodations.Nevertheless, by way of the tip of the millennium, LGBT humans had reworked themselves right into a well-organized and begrudgingly revered political strength. within the method, they dramatically replaced legislation and attitudes around the kingdom. This new quantity tells the tale of the fast development and noteworthy successes of the LGBT movement?€”a list that makes it the most profitable social activities in U.S. heritage and, paradoxically, the least studied.

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