Sex Trace

The Beginings of a Movement

The Mattachine Society and Daughters of Bilitis  - a corresponding lesbian group - picketed Federal facilities in the early 1960s protesting the discriminatory policies enacted by the U.S. government. They used the African American Civil Rights movement as their model.  Activists like Barbara Gittings organized a march on Independence Hall in Philadelphia in 1965 – one of the first such marches in the country.

Daughters of Bilitis

Daughters of Bilitis

These protests that spanned from 1957 all the way through the mid-1960s and  paved the way for what followed -- the more famous Stonewall Riots in 1969. This more aggressive resistance to police oppression of LGBTQ citizens kicked off the modern LGBTQ movement and is celebrated every summer across the globe. 


Stonewall Riots

Stonewall Riots, New York Daily News

Interview with Barbara Gittings, founder of the Daughers of Bilitis