Adolf Brand, famous author and acknowledged leader for homosexual rights in Berlin, publishes "Der Eigene", one of the first journals that comprised of anarchist and gay themes. It met with many challenges with censorship from the German government, but ran its issues from 1896 to 1932.
The Motion Production Code is a list of rule and regulations for filmmakers to follow in creating and advertising films and movies. The code prohibited elements it considered immoral such as nudity, rape, acts of passion, and homosexual activities.
"Tranvestia" was a magazine published by Virginia Prince, a prominent trans activist. The magazine was marketed to men who participated in crossdressing. It provided a safe space for those who were outcast from society because of those inclinations.
"An American Family" was a sitcom that premiered on PBS, focusing on the reality of the Loud Family. Lance Loud, one of the oldest brothers, was openly gay, and advocated for gay rights as he was put on the spotlight. His appearance was met with outrage but many fans adored him for his courage to express his self.
Adrienne Rich Coins the Term "Compulsive Heterosexuality"
In 1980, at the height of second wave feminism, Adrienne Rich coins the term "Compulsive Heterosexualiy" in her essay, "Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence. In it, Rich describes how the patriarchy convinces women to be in relationships with men and giving them the dominant power, all while the existence of lesbians are erased.
In April 1997, the ABC sitcom, "Ellen", broadcasts an episode in which the character, Ellen Morgan, announces that she is gay.
Ellen Morgan is played by Ellen DeGeneres, who also came out a week before the episode aired, announcing it on a TIME magazine cover.
In 2015, the U.S Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case, Obergefell v. Hodges, that all state bans on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. This ruling legalized gay marriage and furthered the fight for gay rights in the United States.
Moonlight is a 2016 film that illustrates the coming-of-age of a black male. This movie is about the character's love affair with another man. In 2017, it won an Oscar award for best picture, marking the first time a movie with a black LGBTQ protagonist have gotten the award.