Gay Rights in History

Historical Events

  • 1977-06-07 Anita Bryant leads successful crusade against Miami gay rights law
  • 1978-03-21 San Francisco passes its and the U.S.' most comprehensive homosexual rights bill
  • 1979-06-01 Los Angeles passes its first homosexual rights bill

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1979-06-02 Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley signs first homosexual rights bill

American Politician Tom Bradley
American Politician
Tom Bradley
  • 1986-03-20 New York City passes its first lesbian and gay rights legislation
  • 1986-04-02 NYC Mayor Ed Koch signs & brings the Gay Rights Bill into effect
  • 1998-02-10 Voters in Maine repeal a gay rights law passed in 1997 becoming the first U.S. state to abandon the law
  • 1998-03-04 Gay rights: Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also apply when both parties are the same sex.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1920-12-04 Jeanne Manford, American gay rights activist, born in Flushing, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1948-03-04 Jean O'Leary, American gay and lesbian rights activist and politician (d. 2005)
  • 1948-04-08 Michael Leshner, Canadian lawyer and gay rights advocate
  • 1960-12-14 Bob Paris, American bodybuilder and gay rights advocate
  • 1974-07-20 Kevin Meadows, gay rights activist

Famous Deaths

  • 1996-06-11 Kevin Meadows, gay rights activist, dies at 21
  • 2013-01-08 Jeanne Manford, American gay rights activist, dies at 92