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LGBTQ+ history before Stonewall

Simeon Solomon // Wikimedia Commons

LGBTQ+ history before Stonewall

Airman 1st Class Perry Aston // U.S. Air Force

2900–2500 BC: First record of a transgender person

Ahmad Badr // Wikimedia Commons

2400 BC: Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep are buried together

Simeon Solomon // Wikimedia Commons

630–612 BC: Sappho the poet is born

George E. Koronaios // Wikimedia Commons

27 BC: First recorded same-sex marriage under Roman Empire

Francisco Goya // Wikimedia Commons

1478: The Spanish Inquisition stones ‘sodomites’

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1532: Holy Roman Empire makes ‘buggery’ punishable by death

Cornelius De Neve // Wikimedia Commons

1623: King James appoints his lover as Duke of Buckingham

Jean-Pierre Houël // Wikimedia Commons

1791: France becomes the first Western European nation to decriminalize homosexuality

Markus Bernet // Wikimedia Commons

1800s: Decriminalizing homosexuality spreads through Europe and Latin America

John K. Hillers // Wikimedia Commons

1886: We’wha takes part in a delegation to Washington, DC

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1892: Magnus Hirschfeld earns his doctoral degree

T. Kajiwara // Wikimedia Commons

1910: Emma Goldman begins speaking publicly

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1931: Dora Richter becomes the first transgender woman to get vaginoplasty

Harris & Ewing // Wikimedia Commons

1932: Eleanor Roosevelt’s alleged lesbian affair

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1936: Federico García Lorca is executed

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1948: Alfred Kinsey publishes ‘Sexual Behavior in the Human Male’

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1951–52: Christine Jorgensen has sex reassignment surgery

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1955: The Daughters of Bilitis is formed

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1956: ‘Go Tell It on the Mountain’ is first published by James Baldwin

Daderot // Wikimedia Commons

1958: US Supreme Court rules in favor of gay free speech

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1962: Illinois removes sodomy law from criminal code

Warren K Leffler // Wikimedia Commons

1964: First gay rights protests at Whitehall

Warren K Leffler // Wikimedia Commons

1965: Vanguard is created

Mattachine Society of New York

1966: The Mattachine Society organizes a ‘Sip-In’

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1967: Police raid Black Cat Tavern

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