• Reading Levels 3 - 5

LGBTQ+ rights

On a hot New York night in 1969, a police raid on a gay bar reshaped millions of lives. The raid on the Stonewall Inn led to riots as hundreds of members of the LGBTQ+ community fought back. At that time, same-sex relationships were criminalised in most US states and across many other countries. Couples had to meet in secret, unable to express their sexuality and feelings openly. Today, Pride events take place in over 150 cities around the world, and same-sex marriage is legal in 29 countries. But there remain 72 countries where same-sex marriage is illegal, and 1,612 trans people were killed in hate crimes between 2008 and 2014. Read about LGBTQ+ rights, their history and their future in the stories below.

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