How The State Legislated Against The LGBT Community

If a woman walked down the street in the 1950’s wearing men’s shoes, pants, a fedora, and a wristwatch, she could be arrested, fined, or even put in jail.

Why? Because her attire violated “Three-Piece Laws,” which in many states forbade men and women from wearing more than three articles of clothing associated with the opposite sex.

Professor Michael Bronski explains the history behind these laws and others which aimed to punish the LGBT community in our new video.

 

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