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David Kopay First professional U.S. athlete in any sport to come out publicly as gay Rock Hudson Supported AIDS fund-raising and public acceptance of homosexuality He made thousands believe that he was straight for decades.


Ruth Ellis The world’s oldest out lesbian; died at age 101 Martina Navratilova Openly gay tennis great who was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame


Barney Frank U.S. Congressman Openly gay Massachusetts Democrat Rep. Jose Sarria First openly gay candidate for public office in U.S. history


Glenn Burke Ex-Major League Baseball Player “They can't ever say now that a gay man can't play in the majors, because I'm a gay man and I made it." - Glenn Burke Elaine Noble First openly gay person elected to the Massachusetts State Legislature


Harvey Milk First openly gay official elected in the US An inspirational leader who was assassinated for being gay Dr. Tom Waddell Founder of the Gay Games


Greg Louganis Olympic gold medalist in diving “…for the first time, I was welcomed as an openly gay athlete. It was a real thrill for me, and that experience made me realize how important it is for athletes to feel welcome for who they are.” – Greg Louganis Ellen DeGeneres Openly lesbian actress playing an openly lesbian main character


Gay Pride: Not All About Celebration!!! The month of June is filled with Gay Pride events. From Akron, Ohio to Washington DC, gays and lesbians are celebrating. They celebrate how far they've come and the people who, throughout history, have aided in the struggle. Source: http://usliberals.about.com/library/weekly/aa062401a.htm Stonewall marked a turning point in the fight for gay rights. In June 1969, a bar called Stonewall in Greenwich Village, New York City was raided, as it had been many times before. Yet this time, the patrons fought back. Each time the police would try to make the crowd disperse, the crowd would come back even stronger. These riots continued off and on for a whole five days. Just as Rosa Parks was an impetus for the civil rights movement, Stonewall became a rallying cry for gays and lesbians throughout the United States. Source: http://usliberals.about.com/library/weekly/aa062401a.htm

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