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When the Military Expelled LGBTQ Soldiers With 'Blue Discharges'

When the Military Expelled LGBTQ Soldiers With 'Blue Discharges'

In May 1944, Lemuel S. Brown, a lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II, received a blue slip of paper from the military, notifying him he was being dismissed from duty. The reason? “Undesirable” behavior—specifically, an accusation of “attempting to perpetrate an act of ...read more

Protestors in the "Flower Power" protest camp out at the police department following a raid at the gay bar The Patch

7 LGBTQ Uprisings Before Stonewall

The Stonewall Riots of 1969 are arguably the most famous and impactful uprisings for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) rights. But they are not the first LGBTQ+ uprising by far. Various smaller uprisings preceded Stonewall—some by over a decade—to push back ...read more

The Declaration of Independence Was Also a List of Grievances

The Declaration of Independence Was Also a List of Grievances

For many Americans, the entirety of the Declaration of Independence can be summed up by Thomas Jefferson’s stirring preamble: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that ...read more