LGBT and immigrants fighting for civil rights

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President Dwight Eisenhower signs Executive Order 10450, banning homosexuals from working for the federal government or any of its private contractors. (
In 1983 black and white men walk together for one of the first times to walk in support of gay rights. This was in support of one of the first LGBT community centers being opened. (culturalInstitute)
This was the leading banner in the march for the gay and lesbian civil rights and for the LGBT Community Center. (CulturalInstitute)
Gay and civil rights activist Marc Rubin gives a meaningful speech to those there for the march of the community center. (CulturalInstitute)
This community center was founded in the summer of 1992. The board originally had their meetings in a small room at the counseling community center. In 1985 The Center takes in the Harvey Milk High School of the Institute for the Protection of Lesbian and Gay Youth (now known as the Hetrick-Martin Institute) when it is evicted from its original location. The school remains at The Center until June 1986 ( (culturalinstitute)
In 1993 they bought a small dental office and called that the home of the first LGBT community center. Within months of its opening, the community offered many services such as, free HIV testing, and office space for the NGRA (Nevada Gay Rodeo Association). (
These three gay and AIDS activists were Vito Russo, Larry Kramer, and Assotto Saint from New York. Vito Russo being a writer of a few books and had many documentaries made about him. These three together did a reading together. Vito was also a film historian and great speaker. (
In 1978, San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker designed what is believed to be the first modern gay pride flag by combining eight stripes, each a different color with its own symbolism: pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, blue for art, indigo for harmony, and violet for (
In 1969 the right outside the Stonewall Inn were a few riots. New York had a law at the time banning public homosexuality. A few gay customers at the bar called, and the workers were getting tired of police harassments, so they took matters into their own hands and a riot broke out. (
This was an act prohibiting all Chinese immigrants from coming to the U.S. It was intended to only last ten years but was renewed in 1892. This was during the gold rush ages. While more and more gold was being discovered more and more immigrants began to come to America. There had to be some type of solution. (
In 1865, a French political intellectual and anti-slavery activist named Edouard de Laboulaye proposed that a statue representing liberty be built for the United States. This monument would honor the United States' centennial of independence and the friendship with France. Although the island was small, it was visible to every ship entering New York Harbor, which Bartholdi viewed as the "gateway to America." (
The list of passengers on the S.S. Nevada were all immigrants to the U.S. all from which came from Europe. All passengers were numbered, and labeled by occupation, gender, infant, wife, etc. (
Immigrants were increasing by the number in the 60's. Mostly Greeks, Italians, Portuguese, etc. After Kennedy's Assassination congress took the issue into their own hands. President Lyndon B. Johnson then passed the immigrants and neutralization Act of 1965, stating it will not change anyone's lives in anyway, but only make up more rich and powerful. (
This was a picture of immigrants coming in on ship and overlooking the statue of liberty, on their way to Ellis Island.
The island of Cuba was suffering economic depression and poverty was common throughout and immigration from there was highly encouraged. After the WWII, however, Cuban and Puerto Rican immigration was off the charts. Due to the fact, this made Puerto Rican migration the first great airborne migration in the U.S. (
Immigration began booming in the 1920's so the U.S. had to begin putting restrictions on the immigration laws that would last until, or later than the 60's. Throughout eastern and southern Europe after 1880, Poles, Ukrainians, Greeks, Germans, Hungarians, Czechs, Slovaks, Slovenes, Jews, and dozens of other ethnic groups were fleeing repressive regimes in Russia, Austria-Hungary, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire, seeking both economic opportunities and personal freedoms in North America. During the 1890s, immigration to Canada averaged about 37,000 per year; between 1905 and 1914, the figure rocketed to almost 250,000 per year. Thus, when war broke out, there were millions of people in both the United States and Canada who had close personal ties with countries on both sides of the conflict. This provided a powerful impulse for politicians to stay out of the war. (
Due to the enormous amount of immigration in the United States so there had to be such a thing as immigration selection. The preference was maintained for British, Irish, French and U.S. immigrants. The Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees was adopted. Canada did not become a signatory because the RCMP feared that it would restrict Canada's ability to deport refugees on security grounds. A new Immigration Act was passed, less than a month after it was introduced in the House. Not only were there many Canadians immigrating because of the popularity, but it was much easier due to the close proximity. (
I believe that the fight for homosexual rights was more effective because it isn't as much of an issue today. Yes, there are some people who still have discriminatory problems, but immigration is a larger crisis. It's a never ending cycle of people coming to America and overpopulating the country. Homosexuals do have the problem of discrimination but can be open about it and not suffer any other career or life threatening problems. Immigration is a bigger issue that we have been dealing with for the past 100 years.
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