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