i lowkey want to make a timeline of U.S. lgbtqia+ important pre-Stonewall history (henry gerber, lisa ben, knights of the clock, dale jennings’ trial, ONE vs. Olesen, ger van braam, founding of SIR, etc etc) bc like. we’re so far removed from that part of our history, but some if it is so important. people who care about our history should know that a Filipina working-class lesbian (Rose Bamberger) came up with the idea of the daughters of bilitis. people should know that a black gay man (Guy Rousseau) gave ONE its name. people should know that in 1958 ONE took a case regarding the obscenity of queer-oriented publications to the supreme court and won the right to distribute queer magazines thru the post office. people should know that in 1926 Henry Gerber brought queer press to the united states and that in 1947 Lisa Ben (Edyth Eyde) single-handedly published the first lesbian newsletter in the US. people should know that in 1952 Christine Jorgensen made front-page news that turned her into the US’s first trans celebrity (or at least public figure). people should know about the black cat tavern raid, the new year’s ball raid, the compton’s cafeteria raid - all of which predated the stonewall riots.
this is a part of our history. an important part of our culture. and we deserve to know about it.