the gay rights movement in the united states began in the 1920s and saw huge progress in the 2000s, with laws prohibiting homosexual activity. To train the new american army in the latest military drills and tactics, general george washington brought in friedrich wilhelm von steuben(173094), who had been an officer on the german general staff. Von steuben escaped germany where he was threatened with prosecution for homosexuality. He joined washingtons army at valley forge in february 1778 accompanied by two young aides. Steuben became an american general, and a senior advisor to washington. read cnns fast facts on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender milestones in the united states, and learn more about their struggle for equal rights. Here are some of the key dates in the history of gay rights in the uk 1533 the buggery act, the first ever law to specifically outlaw anal sex, was signed into english law. the american gay rights movement has had quite a history including,. Lawmakers at both the state and federal level continue to target lesbians and gay men with draconian legislation and hateful rhetoric. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (lgbt) rights in australia have advanced since the late-twentieth century. Lgbt people in australia are legally protected from discrimination and have largely equal rights and responsibilities at law. Australia is a federation, with most laws affecting lgbt and intersex rights made by its states and territories. Gay rights movement, civil rights movement that advocates equal rights for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender persons and calls for an end to discrimination against gay men, lesbians, and transgender persons in employment, credit, housing, public accommodations, and other areas of life. 1991 gay activist, derek jarman makes the christopher marlowe play edward ii from the early 1590s into a film which used modern costumes and made overt reference to the gay rights movement and the stonewall riots.