7 Important Locations for LGBTQ Rights (Other Than Stonewall)

June 3, 2019

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  • In honor of Pride Month, Mental Floss has compiled a list of 7 important landmarks in the fight for LGBTQ rights other than New York City’s iconic Stonewall Inn. Here they are:

    1. Castro Camera and the Harvey Milk residence (San Francisco, California). San Francisco’s Castro District is one of the most famous historically gay neighborhoods in the United States. Harvey Milk, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the first openly gay elected official in California, lived there from the early ‘70s until his assassination in 1978.
    2. Transgender Memorial Garden (St. Louis, Missouri). In 2015, St. Louis activist Leon Braxton got the idea to plant a garden as a way of honoring and calling attention to trans victims of violence.
    3. Mattachine Steps (Los Angeles, California). Harry Hay was living next to the stairway when he founded the Mattachine Society in 1950. The organization was one of the first gay rights organizations in the country. 
    4. Legacy Walk (Chicago, Illinois). This outdoor museum highlights contributions to history and culture made by LGBTQ figures. 
    5. Julius’ Bar (New York City, New York). Built in 1826 and functioning as a bar since 1864, this is the oldest gay bar in NYC. 
    6. The Black Cat (Los Angeles, California). Two years before the Stonewall Riots in New York City, protests in Los Angeles secured the Black Cat’s place in LGBTQ history.
    7. Bayard Rustin Residence (New York City, New York). Rustin participated in the civil rights movement in the ‘60s and helped Martin Luther King, Jr. to organize the March on Washington. In the ‘80s, he fought for gay rights and drew attention to the AIDS epidemic.