Gender Issues and Sexuality - Essential Primary Sources by K. Lee Lerner

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6 . A Letter About Old Maids Betsey, 1840 . . . . . . . . 10 Ain’t I a Woman? . Sojourner Truth, 1851 . . . . . . . . 12 Breastfeeding Manual for Slaves . James Hammond, 1857 . . . . . . 14 A Lay Sermon by a Young Lady . Rachel “Ray” Frank, 1890 . . . . . . . 17 We Two Boys Together Clinging Walt Whitman, 1855 . . . . . . . 19 Legal Nudism . . Anonymous, 1935 . . . . . . . . 22 The Objects of Marriage . Havelock Ellis, 1937 . . . . . . .

1964: President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. legalizes abortion on demand during the first trimester of pregnancy. 1973: The American Psychiatric Association removes 1964. 1965: March to Selma: state troopers and local police fight a crowd of peaceful civil rights demonstrators, including the Rev. , as the group attempted to cross a bridge into the city of Selma. S. combat troops arrive in South Viet- nam. 1965: Voting Rights Act prohibits discriminatory voting practices in the United States.

2003: On November 18, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial court rules that denying same-sex couples marriage rights violates the state constitution, legalizing same-sex marriages. 2004: Islamist terrorists bomb the commuter rail net- work in Madrid, Spain. 2004: Jason West, mayor of New Paltz, New York, defies state law and performs same-sex weddings. Later charged with twenty-four misdemeanor counts of performing illegal marriages, he was cleared of all charges in 2005. 2004: The California State Supreme Court, in a 5-2 decision, voids nearly 4,000 same-sex marriages performed in San Francisco earlier that year.

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