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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.
  • 2019-06-30 New York marks 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising sparked the modern gay rights movement with huge pride marches

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestMagnus Hirschfeld

1868-05-14 Magnus Hirschfeld, German physician and gay rights advocate, born in Kolberg, Prussia (d. 1935)

Physician and Gay Rights Advocate Magnus Hirschfeld
Physician and Gay Rights Advocate
Magnus Hirschfeld
  • 1920-12-04 Jeanne Manford, American gay rights activist, born in Flushing, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1921-10-27 Warren Allen Smith, American gay rights activist and writer, born in Minburn, Iowa (d. 2017)
  • 1936-07-19 Connie Kurtz, American Gay Rights advocate, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1944-11-27 Martin Corbett, English gay rights activist (Gay Liberation Front, OutRage!), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 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
  • 1959-12-14 Bob Paris, Canadian-American bodybuilder and gay rights advocate, born in Columbus, Indiana
  • 1974-07-20 Kevin Meadows, gay rights activist

Famous Deaths


Person of interestMagnus Hirschfeld

1935-05-14 Magnus Hirschfeld, German physician and gay rights advocate, dies of a heart attack at 67

Physician and Gay Rights Advocate Magnus Hirschfeld
Physician and Gay Rights Advocate
Magnus Hirschfeld
  • 1996-06-11 Kevin Meadows, gay rights activist, dies at 21
  • 1996-07-11 Martin Corbett, English gay rights activist (Gay Liberation Front, OutRage!), dies of AIDS at 51
  • 2013-01-08 Jeanne Manford, American gay rights activist, dies at 92
  • 2017-01-09 Warren Allen Smith, American gay rights activist and writer, dies at 95
  • 2018-05-27 Connie Kurtz, American Gay Rights advocate, dies at 81