In the Middle Ages, gay individuals could receive severe punishments for being gay, many of which included death. In 1930s Germany, gay men were forced to wear pink triangles and later were thrown into concentration camps. For centuries, the LGBT community was severely discriminated against, until the Stonewall Riots of 1969. These riots happened when police raided the Stonewall Inn gay bar, and instead of the gays complying, they fought back. The riots lasted for five nights, with pauses during the day. Some of the participants would go around and use the resulting chaos to pass out handouts on the differences that they were trying to make.They ended up changing the course of history and progressing gay rights immensely. Now, the LGBT community is a lot farther than it was. It’s common for pride parades to take place, and now, in many places, gay marriage is legal. Because of the Stonewall Riots, the world is a more accepting place for LGBT individuals, and they continue to fight for their rights. - Tori D.
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