lgbt history

  • July 2, 2009 — India Decriminalized Homosexuality

    The Delhi High Court rules that the existing laws violate fundamental rights to personal liberty (Article 21 of the Indian Constitution) and equality (Article 14) and prohibition of discrimination (Article 15). Before the overturning of this 148-year-old law, so-called homosexual acts were punished with a ten-year prison sentence.

  • March 19, 1987: AZT Approved

    It is the first drug for the treatment of HIVAIDS approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

  • April 2, 2013 — Uruguayan Senate Approves Same-Sex Marriage

    The 23-8 vote makes the South American country the fourteenth in the world to legalize marriage equality.

  • April 9, 1986 -- Bayard Rustin Gives Speech “The New N*ggers Are Gays.”

    The civil rights leader was arrested more times for being homosexual than for his civil disobedience. In this speech he says, "Today, blacks are no longer the litmus paper or the barometer of social change. Blacks are in every segment of society and there are laws that help to protect them from racial discrimination. The new 'niggers' are gays. [. . .] It is in this sense that gay people are the new barometer for social change. [. . .] The question of social change should be framed with the most vulnerable group in mind: gay people."

  • April 16, 1061 — First Recorded Same-Sex Wedding

    Pedro Díaz and Muño Vandilaz are married by a priest at a small chapel in Rairiz de Veiga, Galicia, Spain. The records of the wedding were found at the Monastery of San Salvador de Celanova.

  • April 23, 1984 — Gay-Related Immune Deficiency Announced

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary holds a press conference announcing that the cause of AIDS has been discovered. Known today as HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the virus is first named GRID (gay-related immune deficiency).

  • April 30, 1997 — Airing of The Ellen Show Coming Out Episode

    “The Ellen Show” coming out episode airs. Character Ellen Morgan comes out in "The Puppy Episode."

  • Feb. 19, 2007 — N.J. Civil Union Act Goes into Effect

    The New Jersey Legislature had passed a bill allowing same-sex couples to enter into civil unions on December 14, 2006 which was signed into law by the governor on December 21, 2006. The act comes into effect on this day allowing the couples to register for the partnerships.

  • July 9, 1550 — Jacopo Bonfadio Beheaded

    Several humanists were tried for sodomy in this time, but Bonfadio is one of few to be executed--most likely because he had earned the ire of several wealthy Genoese families by publishing accounts about them. It appears that he was once accused of sleeping with a male student and his enemies used this incident later to have him executed.

  • June 11, 2010 —Iceland’s Parliament Approves Gay Marriage

    Iceland's Althing passes a gender-neutral definition of marriage 49-0, and becomes the ninth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.

  • June 25, 1978 — First Rainbow Pride Flag Flies

    Designed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978, the design has undergone several revisions to first remove, then re-add colors based on available fabrics. The original gay pride flag, created by Ryan Halliday of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was hand-dyed by Blake Thielmann. It flew in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978.

  • March 26, 2000 — Hilary Swank Wins Oscar for ‘Boys Don't Cry’

    She thanks Brandon Teena during her acceptance speech. Teena's mother takes offense at Swank's use of the male name and reference to Teena as male: "That set me off. She should not stand up there and thank my child. I get tired of people taking credit for what they don't know."

  • March 5, 2006 — Ang Lee Wins Academy Award for Best Director for Brokeback Mountain

  • May 14, 1974 — First National United States Gay Civil Rights Bill Introduced

    Congress members Bella Abzug and Ed Koch introduce a bill that is the predecessor to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

  • May 21, 1979 —Daniel White Sentenced for Killing Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone

    After using the "Twinkie defense," White is acquitted of the first-degree murder charge, but is found guilty of the voluntary manslaughter of both victims. He is sentenced to serve seven and two-thirds years. Over 3,000 people rioted in what became known as the White Night Riots. Dozens were hospitalized.

  • May 7, 1365 — Giovanni di Giovanni Killed for Sodomy

    The 15-year-old is publicly castrated and killed by a red-hot iron in his anus for admitting to having sex with multiple men. He is one of the youngest victims of the campaign against sodomy in Italy.

  • May 28, 1989 — Leather Pride Flag Debuted

    The flag was designed by Tony DeBlase. He first presented the design at the International Mister Leather event in Chicago, Illinois.

  • San Fran Mayor Ordered Marriage Licenses Be Granted to Gay Couples. — Feb, 12, 2004

    Gavin Newsom makes the order to the City and County of San Francisco despite the lack of legal recognition by the state of California or the United States. Del Martin and Phyllis Lyons are issued a marriage license on this day.

  • March 12, 1995 — Gay Couple Married in Cambodia

  • Feb. 26, 1649Christina of Sweden Abdicates Throne

    Christina has "an insurmountable distaste for marriage [...and] for all the things that females talked about and did." Citing her wish not to marry, she resigns as Queen on this day.

  • Thirty years ago this month, two San Francisco men, fed up with government inaction as AIDS decimated the gay community, chained themselves to a federal building within sight of City Hall.

  • Could Kim Davis' 15 minutes of fame finally be over?

  • Amazon’s first hit show, “Transparent”, is a true groundbreaker in a lot of ways. It’s incredibly well written, and the characters are both believable and authentic, particularly transitioning 70-year-old retired college professor Maura Pfefferman, played by veteran character actor Jeffrey Tambor.

  • When Jack Larson died on Sept. 20 he left behind a legacy of film and theater for which he was rarely properly credited.

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The University of Wyoming is housing an archive dedicated to the history of the Rocky Mountains' lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

  • June 26 is the most historic date on the LGBT civil rights movement’s calendar. It is the day in 2003 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not enforce laws prohibiting same-sex adults from having intimate relations.

  • LONDON -- His code breaking prowess helped the Allies outfox the Nazis, his theories laid the foundation for the computer age, and his work on artificial intelligence still informs the debate over whether machines can think.

  • A dozen U.N. agencies have issued an unprecedented joint call for countries to end violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

  • In 1969, New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison prosecuted Clay Shaw for allegedly conspiring to kill President John F. Kennedy.

  • The National Park Service is launching an initiative to make places and people of significance to the history of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual Americans part of the national narrative.