Know your LGBTQ+ history! – #Repost @lgbt_history ・・・ “BATTLE OVER GAY RIGHTS: ANITA BRYANT vs. THE HOMOSEXUALS,” @newsweek, June 6, 1977. . In January 1977, Florida’s Miami-Dade County Commission adopted an ordinance outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing, and public services, prompting local celebrity and archconservative Anita Bryant to dedicate herself to rolling back similar protections across the United States. . After forming Save Our Children, Inc., Bryant, Jerry Falwell, and thirty other religious leaders sought to collect the signatures required to put Miami-Dade’s human rights law to a popular vote. Instead of the required 10,000 signatures, Save Our Children delivered the names of 64,000 residents in favor of repealing the ordinance. . A vote was set for June 7, 1977. . The Newsweek issue dated June 6, 1977, forty-two years ago today, reported on this brewing “battle over gay rights.” For “many of the nation’s 20 million homosexuals,” @newsweek explained, “the vote—the first of its kind in a major city—is a crucial test of whether the country is willing to extend civil-rights legislation to homosexuals. ‘Miami is our Selma,’ says one gay activist.” . And, the piece continued, “Bryant is proving to be a catalyst for the gay rights movement as well—drawing attention to the issue and mobilizing homosexuals to organize politically and raise funds….[Whether or not] the Bryant forces win, Anita Bryant’s crusade will be felt for years to come.” . The following day, Bryant’s campaign secured a crushing victory over queer rights activists (the final vote in favor of repeal was 202,319 to 89,562); this phase of the culture war, however, had barely started. #lgbthistory #HavePrideInHistory #AnitaBryant #Resist

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“BATTLE OVER GAY RIGHTS: ANITA BRYANT vs. THE HOMOSEXUALS,” @newsweek, June 6, 1977.
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In January 1977, Florida’s Miami-Dade County Commission adopted an ordinance outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing, and public services, prompting local celebrity and archconservative Anita Bryant to dedicate herself to rolling back similar protections across the United States.
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After forming Save Our Children, Inc., Bryant, Jerry Falwell, and thirty other religious leaders sought to collect the signatures required to put Miami-Dade’s human rights law to a popular vote. Instead of the required 10,000 signatures, Save Our Children delivered the names of 64,000 residents in favor of repealing the ordinance.
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A vote was set for June 7, 1977.
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The Newsweek issue dated June 6, 1977, forty-two years ago today, reported on this brewing “battle over gay rights.” For “many of the nation’s 20 million homosexuals,” @newsweek explained, “the vote—the first of its kind in a major city—is a crucial test of whether the country is willing to extend civil-rights legislation to homosexuals. ‘Miami is our Selma,’ says one gay activist.”
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And, the piece continued, “Bryant is proving to be a catalyst for the gay rights movement as well—drawing attention to the issue and mobilizing homosexuals to organize politically and raise funds….[Whether or not] the Bryant forces win, Anita Bryant’s crusade will be felt for years to come.”
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The following day, Bryant’s campaign secured a crushing victory over queer rights activists (the final vote in favor of repeal was 202,319 to 89,562); this phase of the culture war, however, had barely started. #lgbthistory #HavePrideInHistory #AnitaBryant #Resist