Courtesy gay and lesbian archive of mid-america, university of missouri-kansas city. The rise of the gay liberation movement signaled the end of the homophile approach to gay rights. Though the 1969 nacho meeting in kansas city was the largest gathering of gay and lesbian activists to date, the conference took place just weeks after stonewall. Gay rights movement, also called homosexual rights movement or gay liberation movement, civil rights movement that advocates equal rights for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender persons seeks to eliminate sodomy laws barring homosexual acts between consenting adults and calls for an end to discrimination against gay men, lesbians, and transgender persons in employment, credit. Gay liberation movement synonyms, gay liberation movement pronunciation, gay liberation movement translation, english dictionary definition of gay liberation movement. Gay liberation movement - the movement aimed at liberating homosexuals from legal or social or economic oppression gay lib crusade. Gay liberation is the name used to describe the radical lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered movement of the late 1960s and early to mid 1970s in north america, western europe, and australia and new zealand. The gay liberation movement created gay rights organizations that were among the most successful organizations formed in the 1970s. The agendas of this movement used rhetoric to promote their need for fundamental change in societies opinions and laws about the gay community. The gay liberation movement of the 1970s was part of that explosion. It built on the foundation laid in the 1950s and 1960s by gay organizations such as the mattachine society, janus society, and the daughters of bilitis, and it took advantage of the existing political networks of black power, new left, anti-war, womens liberation, and youth. the gay rights movement in the united states began in the 1920s and saw huge progress in the 2000s, with laws prohibiting homosexual activity struck down.