Arguments about gay rights have been raging for over fifty years, driven by speeches, court decisions, riots, and new laws. Behind each and every one of those events, there were real people, fighting for their rights and opinions. Most of the time, the people both succeeded and failed, pushing their cause a few steps forward but also letting it slide a little back. Harvey Milk called attention to the issue of gay rights and furthered it for generations to come, but was assassinated in the process. Bill Clinton created a law that allowed homosexuals in the military, but not in a way that let those homosexuals be themselves. A timeline of all of the events of the gay rights movement shows the recent acceleration of its progress. The words of some of the people involved show the human beings and hard work that pushed that progress.