The LGBTQ Rights Movement Quiz
by Staff
The LGBTQ community has come a long ways since the mid-20th century. How much do you know about the LGBTQ rights movement?

Which country was the first to permit same-sex marriage?

  • Spain
  • Netherlands
  • Argentina

What year was the "don't ask, don't tell" policy first started in the United States military?

  • 1975
  • 1980
  • 1993

Many historians say that a new era of LGBTQ rights started in the 1980s due to what?

  • AIDS epidemic
  • A wave of out politicians serving in the United States
  • A sudden shift in media coverage of gay society

What was the "lavender scare?"

  • A shortage of purple silk used in rainbow flags
  • A purging of homosexuals from the U.S. government
  • An early outbreak of HIV in the 1970s

In what year was the pioneering LGBTQ rights organization formed in the United States?

  • 1952
  • 1948
  • 1924

In which city was the Society for Human Rights group formed?

  • New York
  • San Francisco
  • Chicago

Robin Tyler was one of the first to do what?

  • Host a national television talk show
  • Come out on TV
  • Be elected to office

In which country is homosexuality still punishable by death?

  • Russia
  • Iran
  • Uganda

What was the name of the first gay rights publication?

  • "Remaking America"
  • "Friendship and Freedom"
  • "Gay Rights and You"

In 2003, after hearing Lawrence v. Texas, the United States Supreme Court struck down what?

  • Laws prohibiting gays from serving openly in Congress
  • Sodomy laws
  • Defense of marriage laws

Which black civil rights activist was also openly gay and campaigned for gay rights, too?

  • Bayard Rustin
  • Amiri Baraka
  • Stokely Carmichael

How many colored stripes did the original rainbow flag have?

  • 10
  • eight
  • six

How many colored stripes are featured on the contemporary version of the rainbow flag?

  • six
  • eight
  • 10

In the 1700s, social reformer Jeremy Bentham made the case that homosexuality was what?

  • A forgettable flaw
  • A victimless crime
  • A part of nature

Who was the first openly gay man elected to office in California?

  • Jose Sarria
  • Harvey Milk
  • James Stoll

Who is known as "The Mother of Pride?"

  • Lynn Conway
  • Elizabeth Birch
  • Brenda Howard

What was the first state to decriminalize homosexuality?

  • Illinois
  • California
  • Oregon

In what year did the USSR decriminalize homosexuality?

  • 1922
  • 1949
  • 1966

Before the gay rights movement adopted them as symbols, where were pink and black triangles used as social identifiers?

  • In speakeasies during Prohibition
  • Witchcraft ceremonies, particularly in colonial America
  • Nazi concentration camps

How did activist and politician Harvey Milk die?

  • Complications of AIDS
  • He was shot.
  • A freak bike accident

Why did the 20th-century movement embrace the word "homophile" instead of "homosexual?"

  • It was easier to get into publication.
  • People thought gay people were incapable of love.
  • Leaders wanted to stress love over sexual behavior.

If you're a part of the LGBT community and want to be welcomed in the United States, you're best moving to which area?

  • Cities
  • Small towns
  • Suburbs

In 1974, Maureen Colquhoun was the first gay member of parliament in which country?

  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • Canada

In what year did the American Psychiatric Association remove homosexuality from lists of mental disorders?

  • 1999
  • 1973
  • 1927

How many countries legalized same-sex marriage before the United States?

  • three
  • eight
  • 16

American men tend to be more open to gay rights than women.

  • TRUE

The first Gay Pride parades were organized to mark the date of which event?

  • The Stonewall riots
  • The murder of a well-known activist
  • The signing of the Civil Rights Act

Where did the Stonewall riots take place?

  • Oklahoma City
  • New York City
  • Boston

Who owned the Stonewall Inn, often considered a flash point for the start of the gay rights movement?

  • The Mafia
  • A homophobic woman named Margaret Norris
  • A friend of Harvey Milk

What does Christopher St. Liberation Day celebrate?

  • The Stonewall Riots
  • The day Illinois repealed its anti-sodomy laws
  • The end of "don't ask, don't tell" in the U.S. military