June 28 in LGBTQ History

1934: In Germany, approximately 300 Nazi Party members are arrested and murdered in a purge ordered by Adolf Hitler that comes to be known as the Night of the Long Knives. The most prominent victim of the purge is SA (Brown Shirts) chief Ernst Rohm, a gay man whom Hitler accuses of having formed a subversive “homosexual clique.” One year later to the day, the government enacts new, stricter legislation against male same-sex eroticism, partly formalizing the ongoing Nazi persecution of gay men.

1969: Late night and into the early morning hours the next day, patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village fight back during a police raid, sparking three days of riots and the modern gay pride movement.

1970: Christopher Street Liberation Day marks the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots in NYC with the first Gay Rights Parade in U.S. History. Simultaneous marches take place in Los Angeles and Chicago.

2010: The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez that public universities may refuse to recognise student organisations with discriminatory membership policies.

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