• Atlanta Gay Rights Alliance banner in gay pride parade, Atlanta, Georgia, June 25, 1977.

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    Atlanta Gay Rights Alliance banner in gay pride parade, Atlanta, Georgia, June 25, 1977
    • Date
    • 1977 June 25
    • Creator
    • Atlanta Journal-Constitution; McClendon, Jerome
    • Description
    • Newspaper caption attached to print verso: "Gay men and women demonstrating for rights legislation in Atlanta in summer of 1977." Verso stamped "Jerome McClendon," "Jun 25 1977," "Jun 26 1977," "Thu Dec 13... more
      Newspaper caption attached to print verso: "Gay men and women demonstrating for rights legislation in Atlanta in summer of 1977." Verso stamped "Jerome McClendon," "Jun 25 1977," "Jun 26 1977," "Thu Dec 13 1979 J / C.," and "Thu Jan 1 1981 I / E." Marchers carry large banner that reads "March for gay rights. We demand: National gay rights legislation; Atlanta gay rights ordinance. Atlanta Gay Rights Alliance." less
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    • Photograph by Jerome McClendon. Copyright, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Courtesy of
    • Partner
    • Georgia State University. Library. Special Collections; Digital Library of Georgia
    • Contributing Institution
    • Georgia State University. Libraries. Special Collections

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) social movements advocate equal rights and social acceptance for sexual/gender minorities.  (“LGBT rights” may also be called “gay rights” or “gay and lesbian rights.”) Although such movements have a long history, the new era of gay rights activism arose during the 1980s with the emergence of AIDS, which had decimated the gay community.  While equality of legal rights constitutes a major goal, many activists also work on building community and on liberating the larger society from what they view as unjust heterosexism and homophobia.  There are many activists and a variety of organizations involved in the LGBT movements.