By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 12/12/2018
Topics/Keywords: #History #LGBTRights #GayRights #BisexualRights #TranspersonRights Page Views: 731
My essays on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transperson history and rights.

I am a gay man. After spending the first 44 years of my life deeply closeted (and miserable), I finally came out to my friends and family in 1995. And, as a natural-born activist, I then decided to do what I could to help my fellow sexual oddballs to realize that being gay is no sin, and is nothing to be ashamed of. To that end, I began studying gay and lesbian history. And my feelings and conclusions about that history is what you'll find in this section.

It Happened At Stonewall

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 6/27/1969
Topics: #History #LGBTRights #GayRights #BisexualRights #TranspersonRights #StonewallInn Page Views: 544
How the LGBT movement got a kick start in a Greenwich Village bar.

In 1950s and 1960s New York, there was an uneasy balance struck between gay people's need to socialize and the preference of straight society that there be no gay people. A result was the gay ghetto of Greenwich Village, with its multitude of gay bars, and periodic raids by the police of these bars. The feeling was not unlike that of a Russian Jew at the end of the 1800s, trying to live a normal life in a usually peaceful village, never knowing if this would be the night the Cossacks would come through and imprison or kill him and his family.

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