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 discrimination at LGBT bars and businesses over the decades to gay-biased murders in the 1990s.
It also includes sites where LGBT people have fought back against homophobia and/or transphobia through protest, pickets, and demonstrations.
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Featured Historic Sites ( 23 )
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 Hammarskjold 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 of 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