LGBT Rights: 1951

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A small group of Los Angeles gay men form the Mattachine Society based on the belief that gay people are not criminal or mentally ill but are an oppressed minority. Mattachine groups develop throughout Los Angeles, San Francisco, and other parts of the country.

See an excerpt of a documentary about Harry Hay, one of Mattachine’s founders:

The California Supreme Court rules in Stoumen v. Reily that a bar owner could not lose a liquor license solely because the bar’s patrons were gay.

Knights of the Clock formed in Los Angeles to support interracial gay and lesbian couples.