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LGBTQ Civil Rights in America
LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgencer, and Queer History (2016)
  • Megan E. Springate
Abstract
The stories of LGBTQ America are, in large part, stories of civil rights—rights denied, fought for, fought against, won, lost, won again, and threatened. Broadly, civil rights are understood as freedoms of life, safety, thought and conscience, speech, expression, the press, assembly, and movement as well as the right to privacy and protection from discrimination. These struggles have touched almost every facet of LGBTQ life, and mention of them can be found in every chapter of this theme study. It is not possible to identify people as LGBTQ just by looking at them; it is through the political act of coming out—claiming an LGBTQ identity—or through the effects of state regulation that members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities are identifiable. This chapter explores not just battles for LGBTQ civil rights, but also touches on the role of LGBTQ Americans in other civil rights struggles.
Keywords
  • Civil Rights,
  • LGBTQ,
  • Queer History
Disciplines
Publication Date
October, 2016
Editor
Megan E. Springate
Publisher
National Park Foundation and National Park Service
Citation Information
Megan E. Springate. "LGBTQ Civil Rights in America" Washington, DCLGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgencer, and Queer History (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/meganspringate/30/