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19 Powerful Photos From The Early Struggle For LGBT Rights

It’s been a long time coming.

1. A lesbian couple at a demonstration in Albany, N.Y. in 1977.


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2. Members of the Gay Activists Alliance holding a sit-in at New York State Republican headquarters in New York City in 1970.


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3. Two men at a demonstration in Albany in 1971.


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4. The Gay Liberation Day march in New York City in June 1970.


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5. A man holding a sign at a demonstration in Albany in 1971.


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6. The Gay Liberation Front marching on Times Square in 1969.


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7. A gay rights picket line at the Pentagon in the summer of 1965.


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8. A “Straights for Gays” sign at the Philadelphia Gay Pride rally and march in June 1972.


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9. Marsha P. Johnson picketing NYC’s Bellevue Hospital to protest unfair treatment of street people and gays in the 1970s.


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10. People participating in Christopher Street Liberation Day, which was close to the two-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which were largely considered the catalyst to the LGBT rights movement.


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11. Protestors picketing in front of the White House in 1965 over federal employment restrictions.


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12. People picketing at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on July 4, 1966, in support of gay rights.


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13. A New York City gay pride march in 1982.


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14. The lead banner in the 1972 Philadelphia pride parade.


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15. Gay rights icon Frank Kameny during his campaign for Congress in 1971.


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16. The Gay Activist Alliance demonstrating against Mafia-controlled gay bars and police harassment in August 1971 in Greenwich Village.


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17. People at the Gay Liberation Front march on Times Square in New York City in 1969.


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18. A woman holding a poster that says, “I am your worst fear I am your best fantasy,” at the Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day parade in 1970.


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19. LGBT protestors marching against the Vietnam War in New York City in November 1971.


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All photos via the New York Public Library’s digital collections.

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