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Here's How Police Harassment Helped Unite The Gay Rights Movement

"You have to have a common enemy. It's what bonds people together."

The unjust police harassment and violence suffered by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people over the years is completely unjustifiable, but it did unite the gay community with a common enemy. In honor of LGBT History Month, HuffPost Live spoke with activist David Drake and USC gender studies Professor Chris Freeman about how queer people were forced to come together and make allies as the harassment intensified.

"Having an enemy makes you defensive and them offensive," Freeman said, to which Drake responded, "You have to have a common enemy. It's what bonds people together."

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