The modern gay rights movement began dramatically in june 1969 in new york citys greenwich village. During a typical raid, police tried to arrest people for their mere presence at a gay bar, but the patrons of the stonewall inn fought back - and the gay rights movement was launched. human rights watch works for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender peoples rights, and with activists representing a multiplicity of identities and issues. finally, the federal government recognizes same-sex marriages, which means that married gay and lesbian couples enjoy all of the same privileges as their heterosexual counterparts. Supreme court held that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by the equal protection clause and the due process clause. Advocates of gay and lesbian rights have sought the passage of legislation that prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, or public service on the basis of sexual orientation. Cities have passed gay rights ordinances that accomplish these objectives. To train the new american army in the latest military drills and tactics, general george washington brought in friedrich wilhelm von steuben(173094), who had been an officer on the german general staff. Von steuben escaped germany where he was threatened with prosecution for homosexuality. He joined washingtons army at valley forge in february 1778 accompanied by two young aides. Steuben became an american general, and a senior advisor to washington. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (lgbt) people in south africa enjoy the same rights as non-lgbt people. South africa has a complex and diverse history regarding the human rights of lgbt people. the gay rights movement in the united states began in the 1920s and saw huge progress in the 2000s, with laws prohibiting homosexual activity. Indeed, even civil rights groups turned their backs on gays and lesbians in this era. Lesbians, gays and bisexuals do not claim any special or additional rights but the observance of the same rights as those of heterosexual persons. Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered ( lgbt ) persons are denied - either by law or practices - basic civil, political, social and economic rights. The first widely used term, homosexual, now carries negative connotations in the united states. It was replaced by homophile in the 1950s and 1960s, and subsequently gay in the 1970s the latter term was adopted first by the homosexual community.