Milestones in Gay History

In the past 50 years—particularly after the Stonewall riots—social, political, and cultural changes have improved the standing of LGBT people. Watch

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In 2009, AARP honored the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots through essays, video, interactive features and reader stories.

Coming Out at 50: Frank Dunn’s Story

Fourteen years ago, 50-year-old Frank Dunn left behind decades of being closeted. Read

What Does Stonewall Mean to You?

Veterans of the gay-rights movement discuss the event itself and on the immense changes they’ve seen in American society since 1969. Read

Gay-Rights Pioneer Remembers Stonewall

Frank Kameny on the movement he helped start in the 1950s when he put his job and his life on the line for a cause he believed in. Listen

The Top LGBT-Friendly Workplaces

Which companies have the best nondiscrimination policies? Read

Kate Clinton: Stonewall Got Us Started

Kate Clinton, 62, is a political humorist, lesbian icon, and the author of several books. Read

Tapping the Muse

Reinaldo Arenas' poignant story—first a best-selling memoir, then an Oscar-nominated movie—now comes to the stage. Read

Hispanic Americans' Fight for LGBT Civil Right

Hispanics have played a key role in the gay rights movement. We take a look back at their part in the struggle, at how far gays and Hispanic Americans have come, and how far they still have to go. Read

The Legacy of Sylvia Rivera

One of the first who refused to sit quietly during the police raid on the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, Sylvia Rivera famously said, "I'm not missing a minute of this. It's the revolution! Read

Ode to Freedom

Composer Jorge Martín's opera based on the poignant memoir, "Before Night Falls," by the late Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas, delivers on the story's multiple characters, vignettes, and layers of deep, complex issues—from political persecution to the debilitating pain of AIDS. Read


Footprints in Gay History

Walk with LGBT leaders and some Stonewall veterans on a tour of the neighborhood—now a National Historic Landmark, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places—where the riots of June 28, 1969, and the days following, took place. Watch

Gay Rights Leader, 84, Looks Back

With his papers ensconced in the Library of Congress, Frank Kameny—who was a gay-rights leader when there was virtually no such movement in this country—has enough distance to recount his struggles with perspective and humor.  Watch


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