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Monterrey consul general provides historical backdrop to gay rights struggle in US

The history of gay and lesbian rights in the United States was the subject of an address given by Joseph Pomper, the U.S. consul general in Monterrey, at the LGBT Business Expo held in Puerto Vallarta last week.

Themes touched on by Pomper in his speech included the 1969 Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village and the importance of Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay officials in the United States, who was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977.

Pomper also highlighted Eric Fanning, the Under Secretary of the Air Force, who is the highest ranking openly gay member of the Department of Defense, and Jason Collins, the Brooklyn Nets center who was the first active male athlete in a major U.S. professional sport to come out as gay.

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