Pride is a time for us to come together to celebrate the hard-won victories of the past 50 years.

 

Although LGBTQ+ elders and allies fought for acceptance before 1969, the Stonewall riots started a cultural shift still felt today. We are celebrating some of the milestones our community has achieved by standing up for its rights and honoring the accomplishments of the five decades since Stonewall. We know that within this timeline are the special and unique moments you have lived within our shared timeline. We thank you for all your private and personal moments that have made this a shared history.
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1960's - 1970's

June 28, 1969

Raid on the Stonewall Inn in NYC.

This event creates the spark to drive attention and build activism in the form of protests and demonstrations.

1973

The board of the American Psychiatric Association votes to remove homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses.
Lambda Legal members at the Pride Parade

Also, Lambda Legal is formed as the first legal organization in the US established to fight specifically for the equal rights of gays and lesbians.

1974

Kathy Kozachenko, first openly LGBTQ person elected to US public office

Kathy Kozachenko makes history by becoming the first openly LGBTQ person elected to any US public office. She won a seat on the city council of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

1975

The first US federal gay rights bill is introduced.
Protestors in 1975, at the hearing for the first US federal gay rights bill

It is never brought forward for consideration by Congress.

1976

Renée Richards, one of the first Pro-athlete to be publicly outed

Pro tennis player Renée Richards is outed and barred from competition when she attempts to enter the US Open women’s tennis tournament. Her subsequent legal battle establishes that transgender people are legally accepted in their new identity after reassignment in the US.

1978

Photo of the Pride Flag - SweetRush Inc.

Inspired by San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to political office in California, the rainbow flag is introduced. Created by Gilbert Baker, it remains a symbol of political activism, pride, and hope for the LGBTQ community.

1979

1979 National March for Lesbian and Gay Rights

An estimated 75,000 people participate in the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. LGBT people and straight allies demand equal civil rights and urge for the passage of protective civil rights legislature.

1980's

1980

Symbol for Transgender - SweetRush Inc.

The Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association promotes the newly founded Standards of Care (SOC) at the MIND Conference in Manchester England. The standards go on to become the foundation for treatment of transgender people worldwide.

1982

U.S.A map with Wisconsin highlighted in Pride colors

Wisconsin becomes the first state to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.

1983

Members of the San Francisco A.I.D.S Fund at a march

Landmark legal victory in HIV/AIDS discrimination lawsuit.

1987

Activists’ taking part in the National March in Washington to demand help in the A.I.D.S crisis

Hundreds of thousands of activists take part in the National March on Washington to demand that President Ronald Reagan address the AIDS crisis.

1990’s

1993

Minnesota passes the first law in the US that prohibits discrimination against transgender people.
Trans rights sign at a protest

The Minnesota statute establishes protections for transgender people under the rubric of sexual orientation.

1993

President Bill Clinton supports “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
Former President Bill Clinton in 1993

While gay and lesbian Americans were protected from harassment in the military, they were still prohibited from serving if they were open about their sexual orientation.

1995

Judge's gavel

Crimes based on sexual orientation are given harsher sentences under the new Hate Crimes Sentencing Enhancement Act.

1997

Ellen DeGeneres shocks fans by coming out as a lesbian on the cover of Time magazine.
Ellen DeGeneres on the cover of Time Magazine

Her series, “Ellen,” becomes the first prime-time network television show to feature a gay lead character.

1999

Activists at the first Transgender Day of Remembrance in 1999

A group of activists led by Gwendolyn Smith hosts the first Transgender Day of Remembrance, to commemorate individuals around the world who are murdered for being trans. The day quickly becomes an international event.

May 1999

Pride and Transgender Pride flags

The UK Sex Discrimination Act is amended to include protections on the basis of gender reassignment.

2000’s

April 1, 2001

The Netherlands becomes the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.
Activist marching in Amsterdam, Netherlands after becomes the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage

Over the next 19 years, it is followed by Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England and Wales, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Northern Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, and Sweden.

February 10, 2004

Trans Rights are Human Rights sign at a protest

The Gender Recognition Act becomes law in the UK, allowing transgender persons to legally change their sex and have it recognized for the purposes of marriage and other issues.

2004

Inauguration ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games

The International Olympic Committee decides that transsexuals will be able to compete at the Athens Olympics if they have had appropriate surgery and are legally recognized as members of their new sex.

May 17, 2004

The first state-legal, same-sex marriage takes place in Massachusetts.
Cover of the “The Boston Globe Newspaper”, in light of the marriage equality approval in Massachusetts

The next year, California passes a bill to allow same-sex marriage.

July 20, 2005

Activists celebrating marriage equality in Canada

Canada becomes the first country in the Americas to legalize same-sex marriage.

November 2006

Activists celebrating marriage equality in South Africa

South Africa legalizes same-sex marriage, becoming the first African nation to do so.

2007

Spain passes the most progressive law regarding gender identity in the world.
Activists in Spain during a Pride Parade

It allows for the change of documented identity just by requiring medical treatment for two years and a medical or psychological certificate that proves a diagnosis of gender dysphoria; it does not require sex reassignment surgery.

October 20, 2008

Activists celebrating marriage equality in Ecuador

Ecuador recognizes same-sex marriage, the first country to do so on the South American continent.

2009

President Obama signing the Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law

President Obama signs the Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law.

2010

Activists in Argentina during a Pride Parade

Argentina legalizes same-sex marriage.

2010’s

2011

Activists celebrating the repealing of “Don’t ask, don’t tell”

The US military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is repealed, allowing gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals to serve openly in the military.

April 2, 2013

Activists celebrating marriage equality in Uruguay

The Uruguay Senate legalizes same-sex marriage.

April 17, 2013

Activists at a Pride Parade in New Zealand

New Zealand legalizes same-sex marriage.

Summer, 2013

Black Lives Matter activists

The Black Lives Matter organization was founded by three black trans women.

May 14, 2013

Activists at a Pride Parade in Brazil

The Justice’s National Council of Brazil legalizes same-sex marriage.

June 26, 2015

Activists celebrating marriage equality in U.S.A

The U.S. Supreme Court requires all states to grant same-sex marriages and to recognize same-sex marriages granted in other states.

April 28, 2016

Activists celebrating marriage equality in Colombia

The Constitutional Court of Colombia legalizes same-sex marriage.

December 7, 2017

Activists celebrating marriage equality in Australia

Australia legalizes same-sex marriage.

May 17, 2019

Taiwan becomes the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.
Activists celebrating marriage equality in Taiwan

As of this date, no other country in Asia allows it. In fact, only two-thirds have legalized same-sex activity.

June 30, 2019

Activists celebrating Pride Parade in New York 2020 - SweetRush Inc.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signs a law banning the use of the so-called gay and trans panic legal defense strategy.

2020

May 26, 2020

Costa Rica’s President Carlos Alvarado at Costa Rica’s 2020 Pride Parade

Costa Rica approves same-sex marriage, becoming the first country in Central America to do so.