Homophobia & Transphobia
Despite New York City’s reputation as being more LGBT friendly than most other places, LGBT-related discrimination, hate crimes, and harassment are part of its history, past and present.
Sites in this collection feature places where homophobic and/or transphobic actions have taken place, from the 17th century “place of execution” in Lower Manhattan (then part of New Amsterdam) to sites related to discrimination and gay-biased murders over the decades.
It also includes sites where LGBT people have fought back against homophobia and/or transphobia by forming organizations and protesting, picketing, and demonstrating across the city. A separate theme, Gay Activists Alliance, covers the numerous “zaps” that GAA organized to fight homophobia in the 1970s.
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Featured Historic Sites ( 20 )
On September 19, 1964, the very first public demonstration for gay rights in the United States took place outside the U.S. Army Building in Lower Manhattan. Organized by Randy Wicker,... Learn More
On April 18, 1965, the fourth-ever gay rights demonstration in the United States – and the third in New York City – took place at Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, across the... Learn More
On December 2, 1964, the second-ever public demonstration for gay rights in the United States – and the first to challenge the psychiatric profession – took place outside the Great... Learn More
“Lavender Menace” was an action led by Radicalesbians, with women from the Gay Liberation Front and several feminist organizations, at the National Organization for Women’s (NOW) Second Congress to Unite... Learn More
In June 1969, a week before the Stonewall uprising, a group of local Queens residents formed a “vigilante committee” to harass gay men cruising in a nearby Flushing Meadows-Corona Park... Learn More
A peaceful Times Square protest over recent increased police harassment against the LGBT community in the Greenwich Village and Times Square neighborhoods, on Saturday night, August 29, 1970, was followed... Learn More
In 1982, as policing of Times Square intensified and plans to redevelop the area began to make headway, the police twice raided Blue’s, a predominantly working-class Black and Latino gay... Learn More