Michaela Jae Rodriguez
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Beyond Stonewall: 9 Lesser-Known LGBT Uprisings

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Whitehall Street Induction Center: New York City

Five years before Stonewall, Randy Wicker, Jefferson Poland, and eight other members of the Sexual Freedom League, gathered outside the U.S. Army’s induction center at 39 Whitehall St. in New York City to protest the military’s antigay discrimination and complicity in witch hunts. While no one seemed to pay much attention to them that day, they paved the way for open service by gay, lesbian, and bisexual people in the military, which eventually came in 2011. Watch Wicker speak about his advocacy work below and read more here.


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