The 1970s were a pretty fruitful time in gay history, you should pardon the expression.. And despite what some people seem to think, there was an enormous amount of work being done in the realm of politics, rather than just in the courts.
A Denver attorney, Gerald Gerash, has put together a nice YouTube document of a turning point in Denver, when the police harassment that was so characteristic of the time led local lesbians and gay men to band together and fight city hall.
This is exactly the kind of thing I hope people in towns and cities across the country are putting together. History happened in our lifetimes, and we should be recording it like mad. These are people who actually had to argue that homosexuals could live productive and decent lives, and saw their arguments falling on some deaf ears.
But they also fell on ears that were willing to hear, and one of the best parts of this series is when you begin to see council members standing up for the lesbians and gay men in the audience. It takes a long time, but it happens.
There are twelve parts to this series, and they're not exactly organized very well on YouTube. And no one will complain that the piece is too slick or overproduced. But I think that's actually a virtue. This is history made by amateurs, and it's exactly how things are supposed to work in this country.