The Gay Activists Alliance pushes for a sweeping anti-discrimination ordinance in New York City. Sylvia Rivera campaigns with them until it becomes clear the ordinance will not protect gender non-conforming individuals.
March 8: Mariasilvia Spolato is photographed carrying a sign that declares she loves a woman — making her the first woman in Italy to publicly come out of the closet. This costs her everything — her job, her home, and her family. She becomes a vagabond.
June 24: A fire is set at the Upstairs Lounge. The arson attack claims 28 lives, and is the deadliest attack on a gay bar until 2016.
June 25: Only one member of New Orleans’ clergy is willing to hold a service for the victims of the Upstairs Lounge fire. Father Bill Richardson of St. George’s Episcopal Church holds the service for 80 attendees — and receives over 100 complaints from his parishioners.
Sylvia Rivera speaks at a Christopher Street Liberation Day rally, and then interrupts Jean O’Leary’s speech.
July 1: Troy Perry arrives in New Orleans and holds a service for the victims of the Upstairs Lounge fire.
Rodger Dale Nunez — the only suspect in the Upstairs Lounge fire, and who confessed the arson four times — commits suicide.
February 4: The Olympic Clean Up in Montreal begins with a raid on Sauna Aquarius.
Marsha P. Johnson is photographed as part of Andy Warhol’s “Ladies and Gentlemen” series.
October 17 & 18: The Olympic Clean Up continues with raids on five gay bars in Montreal.
October 31: The Limelight and Baby Face are raided by police during the Olympic Clean Up.