Rights for LGBTQ people and African Americans during the Reconstruction were similar because basic rights were denied for both minority groups. One example of rights being denied is that until 2003, it was illegal for lesbian and gay couples to get married in all states. (Rochelle Finzel Alison May) All people should have the right to get married to whoever they want, but same-sex couples were denied this right just until 14 years ago. Similarly, African Americans were denied basic rights like marriage during Reconstruction. Until the 15th amendment in 1870, African Americans were not allowed to vote. “Laws were soon passed banning interracial marriages and racially segregating railroad cars along with the public schools. Laws and practices were also put in place to make sure blacks would never again freely participate in elections.” (Constitutional Rights Foundation) They were denied segregated in schools, railroads and more, and they were denied the right to vote and marry people of a different race.
LGBTQ rights and African American’s rights were different because the African Americans were violently targeted and the LGBTQ people were not. For 42 years the Gay Pride Parade has been going on. Before they were given rights, the people would march to New York and chant for rights. ("WGBH American Experience.") It is now a celebration that, while it takes up many streets and crowds major cities, does not involve any damage or harm. On the other hand, during Reconstruction there was violence everywhere, killing many African Americans. “Six hundred marchers assembled in Selma on Sunday, March 7, and, led by John Lewis and other SNCC and SCLC activists, crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge over the Alabama River en route to Montgomery. Just short of the bridge, they found their way blocked by Alabama State troopers and local police who ordered them to turn around. When the protesters refused, the officers shot teargas and waded into the crowd, beating the nonviolent protesters with billy clubs and ultimately hospitalizing over fifty people.” (“The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed.") These black citizens were not causing any harm, they were just fighting for their rights. Although both groups were doing the same thing, a peaceful march for freedom, the African Americans were targeted and killed, while the LGBTQ people were left alone.