Here’s something exciting for anyone interested in politics and LGBT history. On Tuesday, August 3rd at 6:30 PM, the Museum of the City of New York is hosting “Gay Rights in the 1960s and Today.”
This is a special program highlighting key people and events that led to the rise of the modern gay rights movement, especially the Stonewall Rebellion and other significant milestones during the administration of Mayor John Lindsay of New York. The discussion will be led by author and historian David Carter, as well as several other moderators with exceptional knowledge of the movement. Carter is the author of "Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution." Tickets are only $6 for museum members, $8 for students and seniors, and $12 for non-members, but don’t forget to get them in advance!
The event coincides with a larger exhibit currently on display at the Museum, called “America’s Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York.” As the culture and atmosphere of New York City underwent dramatic changes in the 1960s and 1970s, Mayor Lindsay encountered a lot of controversy and criticism during his time in office. Yet he ultimately became a strong leader for civil rights and urban development, and represents a crucial period of New York and America’s overall past. This exhibit examines the difficulties of his role as mayor, and praises the legacy he left in New York.
The August 3rd panel is a great opportunity to learn about the basics of gay rights history. In the past few decades alone, the movement has expanded from local New York City streets to cities all over the country. Studying the organizing tactics used by individuals who were part of the very beginning of the movement can teach us a lot about activism today. Furthermore, gay rights history is a huge source of pride for the LGBT community, so GLAAD highly encourages everyone to attend!