The LGBTQ Rights Movement Quiz

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

The Netherlands finally allowed gay marriage in 2001 and was followed by many others.

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

It prohibited gay people from serving openly and was repealed in 2010.

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

The disease frightened people all over the world and changed the way many people approached sexually-charged topics.

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What was the "lavender scare?"

It happened in the 1950s, as homosexuals were often lumped into groups of communist sympathizers.

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

It was called the Society for Human Rights.

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

The society was founded by Henry Gerber.

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Robin Tyler was one of the first to do what?

She came out during a comedy show on Showtime in 1978.

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In which country is homosexuality still punishable by death?

Other countries in the Middle East and Africa also may choose capital punishment for homosexuality.

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What was the name of the first gay rights publication?

Few people really wanted to receive the publication for fear of being targeted.

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

It made homosexual sex legal in every state.

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

He helped organize the March on Washington and helped blacks gain civil rights.

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How many colored stripes did the original rainbow flag have?

It was created in 1978 for a gay rights celebration in San Francisco.

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

It omits the pink stripe that appeared in the original.

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

He advocated for removing criminal penalties for homosexuality.

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

He sat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for a little less than a year.

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Who is known as "The Mother of Pride?"

She helped organize the first gay pride parades and worked towards equal rights most of her life.

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What was the first state to decriminalize homosexuality?

It repealed sodomy laws in 1962.

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In what year did the USSR decriminalize homosexuality?

When Stalin took power, though, those rights were rolled back.

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

The movement adopted these symbols and robbed them of some of their horrible power.

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How did activist and politician Harvey Milk die?

He and the mayor of San Francisco were murdered by another politician.

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

The homophile movement first gained traction in the 1940s.

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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?

Surveys show that urbanites, on the whole, tend to be more welcoming of diversity.

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

The mother of three came out as a lesbian and later divorced her husband.

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

Reframing homosexual behavior in the psychology community was a first step towards new rights.

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

The U.S. legalized same-sex marriage in 2015.

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

Studies and polls show that women are more accepting of LGBT rights.

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

The 1969 riots fueled activism throughout the United States.

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Where did the Stonewall riots take place?

Men at an LGBTQ bar resisted abuse by police and the situation escalated.

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

The Mafia didn't care about sexual orientation; they just wanted money.

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What does Christopher St. Liberation Day celebrate?

The annual event is organized in many Europeans countries and pushes for LGBT rights.

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About This Quiz

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

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