Thursday, September 8, 2011

47 Years Ago: September 1964

A small group of activists picketed at the Army's Whitehall Street Induction Center in Manhattan in protest after the confidentiality of gay men's draft records was violated. The action was led by members of the New York Mattachine Society and is considered by many sources to be the first gay rights demonstration in America. Although the organizers had contacted reporters, none of them came to cover the demonstration. It was early LGBT actions like this — and the media indifference to them — that helped set the stage for the Task Force being founded in 1973.

From The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Newsletter. Reposted at

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