Sylvia rivera (19512002), gay liberation and trans activist, founding member of the gay liberation front and the gay activists alliance. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (lgbt) social movements are social movements that advocate for lgbt people in society. 12 important lgbt activists you need to know about the powerhouses that ignited change. Sign up for the early bird books newsletter and get the best daily ebook deals delivered straight to your inbox. Rustin was also a gay rights activist and testified on behalf of new york states gay rights bills. In 1964 he won a fulbright scholarship to cornell university, where he began working with leading american gay activists. February 18 the first meeting of the coalition of gay rights groups that will become the north american conference of homophile organizations takes place in kansas city, missouri. 24 april 21 activists stage a sip-in at julius , a bar in new york city, challenging a state liquor authority regulation prohibiting serving alcohol to homosexuals on the basis that they are disorderly. With the exception of south africa and cape verde, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (lgbt) rights in africa are limited in comparison to western europe and much of the americas and oceania. Out of the 54 states recognised by the united nations or african union or both, the international gay and lesbian association stated in 2015 that homosexuality is outlawed in 34 african countries. gay rights movement, also called homosexual rights movement or gay liberation movement, civil rights movement that advocates equal rights for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transsexuals seeks to eliminate sodomy laws barring homosexual acts between consenting adults and calls for an end to discrimination against gay men and lesbians in employment, credit lending,. phyllis lyon, a gay rights activist who with her longtime partner was among the first same-sex couples to marry in california, died april 9 at her home in san francisco. the gay rights movement in the united states began in the 1920s and saw huge progress in the 2000s, with laws prohibiting homosexual activity. Books about lgbtq history, including stonewall, queer media,. Six gay activists created one of the most iconic and lasting images that would come to symbolize. A riveting exploration of the stonewall riots and the national gay rights movement that followed is eye-opening.