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15 Inspiring Photos From The '70s Gay Rights Protests

Just in case you're looking for a little motivation today.

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Some background:

In 1969, the New York Stonewall riots ignited a fire under the LGBT rights movement. Not only were LGBT citizens now demanding a more open and public position in society, but that visibility also led to a lot of backlash from the conservative side.

That being said, the 1970s saw a lot of traction, momentum, and gains in the fight for equality. For example, the work of Evelyn Hooker forced the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from their list of mental disorders in 1973. And in 1977 Harvey Milk, an openly gay activist, was elected to the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco. Those are just a few examples, and the below photos represent moments from those protests that helped pave the road to equality.

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Spencer Grant/Getty Images

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Mick Gold/Redferns

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Peter Keegan / Getty Images

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Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

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Peter Cade / Getty Images

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David Ashdown / Getty Images

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Hulton Archive / Getty Images

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Mick Gold/Redferns

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Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

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Spencer Grant/Getty Images

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Spencer Grant/Getty Images

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Spencer Grant/Getty Images

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Spencer Grant/Getty Images

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THE DENVER POST/Getty Images

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Peter Keegan / Getty Images
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