Picket at Whitehall Street Induction Center

Picket at Whitehall Street Induction Center, New York – September 19, 1964

In what’s believe to be the first organized demonstration for gay rights, protestors picketed the U.S. Army Building at 39 Whitehall Street in Downtown New York, which had been an Armed Forces Examination and Entrance Station since 1886.

The group, led by Randy Wicker and members of the Sexual Freedom League, demonstrated against the military’s discriminatory policies and the outing of homosexual men rejected for service.

It would be 47 years before the U.S government lifted the ban on gays and lesbians in the military in 2011.

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