1970 in LGBT rights

This is a list of notable events in the history of LGBT rights that took place in the year 1970.

List of years in LGBT rights (table)



  • 8 — Police, led by Seymour Pine of the Stonewall raid the year before, raide an illegal gay bar called the Snake Pit in Greenwich Village. Over 160 people are arrested.[1]
  • 17 — The film The Boys in the Band premieres in New York City.[2]



  • 9 — A high school teacher named Ingrid Mykle Montano in Phoenix, Arizona, is forced to resign after parents complain about her inviting a gay man to speak in one of her sociology classes.[6]
  • 21— Bella Abzug speaks at a Gay Activist Alliance meeting, becoming the first politician to court the LGBT community's votes in the United States.[7]


  • 12 — Lesbians Neva Joy Heckmann and Judith Ann Belew marry in Los Angeles.[8]
  • 24 — The Rockefeller Five, five activists from the Gay Activists Alliance, are arrested during a sit-in at the Republican Senate Committee headquarters.[9]
  • 27 — Chicago holds the first LGBT Pride parade the USA[10]
  • 28 — On the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots, what started out as a march on Christopher Street in New York City of a few hundred people turned into thousands of people ending in Central Park. It brought gay and lesbian individuals together to demonstrate that they were a sizable minority population. [11]



  • 5 — Colombia changes "homosexual behavior" from a felony into a misdemeanor, and the maximum penalty is reduced to three years.[13]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Snake Pit". NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project.
  2. ^ Canby, Vincent (18 March 1970). "Screen: 'Boys in the Band': Crowley Study of Male Homosexuality Opens". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Midnight Cowboy Awards". IMDB. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  4. ^ "The 42nd Academy Awards | 1970". Oscars.
  5. ^ Cohen, Sascha (10 July 2018). "How Gay Activists Challenged the Politics of Civility". Smithsonian.
  6. ^ "Teacher Quits in Homosexual Dispute". The New York Times. 10 May 1970.
  7. ^ Myers, JoAnne (2009). The A to Z of the Lesbian Liberation Movement: Still the Rage. Scarecrow Press. pp. 42. ISBN 0810863278.
  8. ^ Zeitz, Josh (28 April 2015). "The Making of the Marriage Equality Revolution". Politico.
  9. ^ Bonanos, Christopher (24 June 2014). "A Photographic Look at the Birth of Gay Pride". Intelligencer.
  10. ^ Rumore, Kori (24 June 2018). "Pride Parade guide: Map, times, transit and a brief history". Chicago Tribune.
  11. ^ "Christopher Street Liberation Day March | Researching Greenwich Village History". greenwichvillagehistory.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  12. ^ Rayman, Denise (24 October 2013). ""Lots of Love (of both the revolutionary and non-revolutionary kind)": the History of the ALA's GLBT Round Table". University of Illinois Archives.
  13. ^ Annetta, Michael (September 5, 2013). "September 5 in LGBTQ History". The Lavender Effect. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  14. ^ Miller, p. 390


  • Miller, Neil (1995). Out of the Past: Gay and Lesbian History from 1869 to the Present. New York, Vintage Books. ISBN 0-09-957691-0.