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        Stonewall Uprising: What Was the Mattachine Society?

        Founded in 1950, the Mattachine Society was one of the earliest gay rights groups in the United States. In this 1966 interview, the president of the Mattachine Society of Florida, Richard Inman, explains how the only choices gays and lesbians have are to be legal and straight or illegal and gay — not really a choice at all. He also mentions the “fringe” ideas his group does not support, such as gay marriage and adoption. Video from American Experience: “Stonewall Uprising.”

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