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Morris Kight

Morris Kight is one of the original founders of the gay and lesbian civil rights movement in the United States. Organizing workers since the 1940s, he moved to Los Angeles in 1958. There, he fouded or co-founded many gay and lesbian organizations, including the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center in 1969, which is now the largest LGBTQ support center in the world. A year later, he would be instrumental in Los Angeles hosting the nation’s first gay pride parade. He also famously lead a boycott of an L.A. restaurant that displayed a homophobic sign. After the sign was ultimately taken down, he displayed it in his home to remind himself to always keep fighting.

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