LGBTQ+ rights

On a hot New York night in June 1969, police raided a popular gay bar called the Stonewall Inn. At that time, same-sex relationships were illegal. Gay and transgender men and women had to meet in secret. They were not allowed to express their feelings freely.

That night, instead of giving in, they fought back. There were riots in the street for five days.

The riots inspired progress for LGBTQ+ rights. On the first anniversary of the protests, the first Gay Pride parade took place in New York City. Since then, life has vastly improved for LGBTQ+ people in many countries around the world.

2001: The Netherlands becomes the first country to make same-sex marriage legal.

2009: Iceland elects the first openly gay head of state, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir.

2011: The United Nations passes a resolution protecting gay and trans people from violence and discrimination.

Today, Pride events take place in over 150 cities around the world, and same-sex marriage is legal in 26 countries. But this is not the case everywhere. In 72 countries, it is still illegal to be in a same-sex relationship. Many young people are bullied for being gay or trans, and millions of people around the world think being LGBTQ+ should be a crime.

Read Our Story

Assembly

Every day, LGBT people are bullied for being themselves. This animated film tells a story about bullying and acceptance without using any words.

Activities

  1. Make a timeline of important historical moments for LGBTQ+ rights.
  2. Research a famous LGBTQ+ figure and create a short presentation about their life and achievements.