1950 – The Mattachine Society is shaped by activist Harry Hay and is likely one of the first sustained homosexual rights teams in the USA. The Society focuses on social acceptance and different assist for homosexuals.

April 27, 1953 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower indicators an govt order that bans homosexuals from working for the federal authorities, saying they’re a safety threat.

September 1955 – The primary identified lesbian rights group in the USA varieties in San Francisco. Daughters of Bilitis (DOB). They host non-public social features, fearing police raids, threats of violence and discrimination in bars and golf equipment.

July 1961 – Illinois turns into the primary state to decriminalize homosexuality by repealing their sodomy legal guidelines.
September 11, 1961 – The primary US-televised documentary about homosexuality airs on a neighborhood station in California.
June 28, 1969 – Police raid the Stonewall Inn in New York Metropolis. Protests and demonstrations start, and it later turns into often called the impetus for the homosexual civil rights motion in the USA.
1969 – The “Los Angeles Advocate,” based in 1967, is renamed “The Advocate.” It’s thought of the oldest persevering with LGBTQ publication that started as a publication printed by the activist group Private Rights in Protection and Training (PRIDE) in 1966.
June 28, 1970 – Group members in New York Metropolis march by means of the native streets to acknowledge the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots. This occasion is called Christopher Avenue Liberation Day and is now thought of the primary homosexual delight parade.
1973 – Lambda Authorized turns into the primary authorized group established to battle for the equal rights of gays and lesbians. Lambda additionally turns into their very own first shopper after being denied non-profit standing; the New York Supreme Court docket finally guidelines that Lambda Authorized can exist as a non-profit.
January 1, 1973 – Maryland turns into the primary state to statutorily ban same-sex marriage.
March 26, 1973 – First assembly of “Mother and father and Pals of Gays,” which fits nationwide as Mother and father, Households and Pals of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in 1982.
December 15, 1973 – By a vote of 5,854 to three,810, the American Psychiatric Affiliation removes homosexuality from its listing of psychological issues within the DSM-II Diagnostic and Statistical Guide of Psychological Issues.
1974 – Kathy Kozachenko turns into the primary overtly LGBTQ American elected to any public workplace when she wins a seat on the Ann Arbor, Michigan Metropolis Council.
1974 – Elaine Noble is the primary overtly homosexual candidate elected to a state workplace when she is elected to the Massachusetts State legislature.
January 14, 1975 – The primary federal homosexual rights invoice is launched to deal with discrimination based mostly on sexual orientation. The invoice later goes to the Judiciary Committee however isn’t introduced for consideration.
March 1975 – Technical Sergeant Leonard P. Matlovich reveals his sexual orientation to his commanding officer and is forcibly discharged from the Air Pressure six months later. Matlovich is a Vietnam Battle veteran and was awarded each the Purple Coronary heart and the Bronze Star. In 1980, the Court docket of Appeals guidelines that the dismissal was improper. Matlovich is awarded his again pay and a retroactive promotion.
1976 – After present process gender reassignment surgical procedure in 1975, ophthalmologist {and professional} tennis participant Renee Richards is banned from competing within the girls’s US Open due to a “women-born-women” rule. Richards challenges the choice and in 1977 and the New York Supreme Court docket guidelines in her favor. Richards competes within the 1977 US Open however is defeated within the first spherical by Virginia Wade.
January 9, 1978 – Harvey Milk is inaugurated as San Francisco metropolis supervisor, and is the primary overtly homosexual man to be elected to a political workplace in California. In November, Milk and Mayor George Moscone are murdered by Dan White, who had lately resigned from his San Francisco board place and wished Moscone to reappoint him. White later serves simply over 5 years in jail for voluntary manslaughter.
1978 – Impressed by Milk to develop an emblem of delight and hope for the LGBTQ group, Gilbert Baker designs and stitches collectively the primary rainbow flag.
October 14, 1979 – The primary Nationwide March on Washington for Lesbian and Homosexual Rights takes place. It attracts an estimated 75,000 to 125,000 people marching for LGBTQ rights.

March 2, 1982 – Wisconsin turns into the primary state to outlaw discrimination based mostly on sexual orientation.

1983 – Lambda Authorized wins Folks v. West 12 Tenants Corp., the primary HIV/AIDS discrimination lawsuit. Neighbors tried to evict Dr. Joseph Sonnabend from the constructing as a result of he was treating HIV-positive sufferers.
November 30, 1993 – President Invoice Clinton indicators a army coverage directive that prohibits overtly homosexual and lesbian People from serving within the army, but in addition prohibits the harassment of “closeted” homosexuals. The coverage is named “Do not Ask, Do not Inform.”
November 1995 – The Hate Crimes Sentencing Enhancement Act goes into impact as a part of the Violent Crime Management and Legislation Enforcement Act of 1994. The legislation permits a choose to impose harsher sentences if there’s proof displaying {that a} sufferer was chosen due to the “precise or perceived race, colour, faith, nationwide origin, ethnicity, gender, incapacity, or sexual orientation of any particular person.”
September 21, 1996 – President Clinton indicators the Protection of Marriage Act, banning federal recognition of same-sex marriage and defining marriage as “a authorized union between one man and one lady as husband and spouse.”
December 3, 1996 – Hawaii’s Choose Chang guidelines that the state doesn’t have a authorized proper to deprive same-sex {couples} of the fitting to marry, making Hawaii the primary state to acknowledge that homosexual and lesbian {couples} are entitled to the identical privileges as heterosexual married {couples}.
April 1997 – Comic Ellen DeGeneres comes out as a lesbian on the duvet of Time journal, stating, “Yep, I am Homosexual.”

April 30, 1997 – DeGeneres’ character, Ellen Morgan, on her self-titled TV collection “Ellen,” turns into the primary main character to come back out on a prime-time community tv present.

April 1, 1998 – Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow, Coretta Scott King, asks the civil rights group to assist in the trouble to extinguish homophobia.
October 6-7, 1998 – Matthew Shepard is tied to a fence and overwhelmed close to Laramie, Wyoming. He’s finally discovered by a bicycle owner, who initially errors him for a scarecrow. He later dies because of his accidents sustained within the beating.

October 9, 1998 – Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney from Laramie, Wyoming, make their first court docket look after being arrested for the tried homicide of Shepard. Ultimately, they every obtain two life sentences for killing Shepard.

June 2003 – The US Supreme Court docket strikes down the “gay conduct” legislation, which decriminalizes same-sex sexual conduct, with their opinion in Lawrence v. Texas. The choice additionally reverses Bowers v. Hardwick, a 1986 US Supreme Court docket ruling that upheld Georgia’s sodomy legislation.
Might 17, 2004 – The primary authorized same-sex marriage in the USA takes place in Massachusetts.
September 6, 2005 – The California legislature turns into the primary to cross a invoice permitting marriage between same-sex {couples}. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoes the invoice.
October 25, 2006 – The New Jersey Supreme Court docket guidelines that state lawmakers should present the rights and advantages of marriage to homosexual and lesbian {couples}.

Might 15, 2008 – The California Supreme Court docket guidelines in re: Marriage Circumstances that limiting marriage to opposite-sex {couples} is unconstitutional.

November 4, 2008 – Voters approve Proposition Eight in California, which makes same-sex marriage unlawful. The proposition is later discovered to be unconstitutional by a federal choose.

August 12, 2009 – Milk is posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
October 28, 2009 – Obama indicators the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into legislation.

September 20, 2011 – “Do not Ask, Do not Inform” is repealed, ending a ban on homosexual males and lesbians from serving overtly within the army.

Might 9, 2012 – In an ABC interview, Obama turns into the primary sitting US president to publicly assist the liberty for LGBTQ {couples} to marry.

September 4, 2012 – The Democratic Celebration turns into the primary main US political get together in historical past to publicly assist same-sex marriage on a nationwide platform on the Democratic Nationwide Conference.

November 6, 2012 – Tammy Baldwin turns into the primary overtly homosexual politician and the primary Wisconsin lady to be elected to the US Senate.
June 26, 2013 – In United States v. Windsor, the US Supreme Court docket strikes down part Three of the Protection of Marriage Act, ruling that legally married same-sex {couples} are entitled to federal advantages. The excessive court docket additionally dismisses a case involving California’s proposition 8.
October 6, 2014 – The USA Supreme Court docket denies assessment in 5 completely different marriage instances, permitting decrease court docket rulings to face, and due to this fact permitting same-sex {couples} to marry in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana and Wisconsin. The choice opens the door for the fitting to marry in Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.
June 9, 2015 – Secretary of Protection Ash Carter declares that the Navy Equal Alternative coverage has been adjusted to incorporate homosexual and lesbian army members.
April 28, 2015 – The US Supreme Court docket hears oral arguments on the query of the liberty to marry in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan. On June 26 the Supreme Court docket guidelines that states can not ban same-sex marriage. The 5-Four ruling had Justice Anthony Kennedy writing for almost all. Every of the 4 conservative justices writes their very own dissent.
July 27, 2015 – Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates declares, “the nationwide govt board ratified a decision eradicating the nationwide restriction on overtly homosexual leaders and workers.”
Might 17, 2016 – The Senate confirms Eric Fanning to be secretary of the Military, making him the primary overtly homosexual secretary of a US army department. Fanning beforehand served as Protection Secretary Carter’s chief of employees, and likewise served as undersecretary of the Air Pressure and deputy undersecretary of the Navy.
June 24, 2016 – Obama declares the designation of the primary nationwide monument to lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) rights. The Stonewall Nationwide Monument will embody Christopher Park, the Stonewall Inn and the encircling streets and sidewalks that had been the websites of the 1969 Stonewall rebellion.
June 30, 2016 – Secretary of Protection Carter declares that the Pentagon is lifting the ban on transgender folks serving overtly within the US army.
August 5-21, 2016 – A file variety of “out” athletes compete in the summertime Olympic Video games in Rio de Janeiro. The Human Rights Marketing campaign estimates that there are no less than 41 overtly lesbian, homosexual and bisexual Olympians — up from 23 that participated in London 2012.

November 9, 2016 – Kate Brown is sworn in as governor of Oregon, a day after she was formally elected to the workplace. Brown turns into the highest-ranking LGBTQ particular person elected to workplace in the USA. Brown took over the governorship in February 2016 (with out an election), after Democrat John Kitzhaber resigned amidst a prison investigation.

April 4, 2017 – The seventh Circuit Court docket of Appeals guidelines that the Civil Rights Act prohibits office discrimination in opposition to LGBTQ workers, after Kimberly Hively sues Ivy Tech Group Faculty for violating Title VII of the act by denying her employment.
June 27, 2017 – District of Columbia residents can now select a gender-neutral choice of their driver’s license. DC residents turn out to be the primary folks in the USA to have the ability to select X as their gender marker as an alternative of male or feminine on driver’s licenses and identification playing cards. Comparable insurance policies exist in Canada, India, Bangladesh, Australia, New Zealand and Nepal.
June 30, 2017 – The US Division of Protection declares a six-month delay in permitting transgendered people to enlist in the USA army. Protection Secretary Jim Mattis writes that they “will use this extra time to guage extra rigorously the impression of such accessions on readiness and lethality.” Roughly a month later, President Donald Trump declares by way of Twitter that the “United States Authorities is not going to settle for or enable Transgender people to serve in any capability within the US Navy…”
November 7, 2017 – Virginia voters elect the state’s first overtly transgender candidate to the Virginia Home of Delegates. Danica Roem unseats incumbent delegate Bob Marshall, who had been elected 13 occasions over 26 years. Roem turns into the primary overtly transgender candidate elected to a state legislature in American historical past.
February 26, 2018 – The Pentagon confirms that the primary transgender particular person has signed a contract to hitch the US army.
March 4, 2018 – Daniela Vega, the star of Oscar-winning international movie “A Improbable Lady,” turns into the primary overtly transgender presenter in Academy Awards historical past when she introduces a efficiency by Sufjan Stevens, whose music “Thriller of Love” from the “Name Me By Your Title” soundtrack, is nominated for finest authentic music.
March 23, 2018 – The Trump administration declares a brand new coverage that bans most transgender folks from serving in army. After a number of court docket battles, the Supreme Court docket permits the ban to enter impact in January 2019.
November 6, 2018 – Democratic US Consultant Jared Polis wins the Colorado governor’s race, changing into the nation’s first overtly homosexual man to be elected governor.
June 30, 2019 – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo indicators a legislation banning using the so-called homosexual and trans panic authorized protection technique. The tactic asks a jury to search out {that a} sufferer’s sexual orientation or gender identification is in charge for a defendant’s violent response. New York follows California, Rhode Island, Illinois, Nevada and Connecticut because the sixth state to cross such a legislation.
September 22, 2019 – Billy Porter turns into the primary overtly homosexual black man to win the Emmy for finest lead actor in a drama collection.
February 10, 2020 – The ninth Circuit Court docket of Appeals upholds a ruling that the state of Idaho should present gender affirmation surgical procedure for Adree Edmo, an inmate within the custody of the Idaho Division of Correction. The ruling marks the primary time a federal appeals court docket has dominated {that a} state should present gender project surgical procedure to an incarcerated particular person. In line with the court docket opinion, “the gender affirmation surgical procedure (“GCS”) was medically obligatory for Edmo, and ordered the State to offer the surgical procedure.” Idaho Governor Brad Little stated in a written assertion, “We’ll vigorously litigate the Ninth Circuit’s unprecedented ruling on the Supreme Court docket as a result of the taxpayers of Idaho mustn’t should pay for a process that isn’t medically obligatory.”
June 15, 2020 – The Supreme Court docket guidelines that federal legislation protects LGBTQ employees from discrimination. The landmark ruling extends protections to hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide and is a defeat for the Trump administration, which argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that bars discrimination based mostly on intercourse didn’t lengthen to claims of gender identification and sexual orientation.
August 26, 2020 – The 4th Circuit Court docket of Appeals guidelines in favor of former scholar, Gavin Grimm. in a greater than four-year battle over restroom insurance policies for transgender college students. The ruling states that insurance policies segregating transgender college students from their friends is unconstitutional and violate federal legislation prohibiting intercourse discrimination in training. The choice depends partly on the Supreme Court docket’s resolution in June 2020, stating that discrimination in opposition to folks based mostly on their gender identification or sexual orientation violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
November 3, 2020 – The overall election leads to three legislative firsts. Sarah McBride wins the Senate race for Delaware District 1, and can turn out to be the nation’s first one who publicly identifies as transgender to function a state senator. Ritchie Torres wins the Home race for New York District 15, and can turn out to be the primary Black member of Congress who identifies as homosexual. Mauree Turner wins the race for Oklahoma state Home for District 88, and can turn out to be the primary nonbinary state legislator in US historical past and first Muslim lawmaker in Oklahoma.