GLBT Rights Movements

Timeline created by welovethegays
  • Stonewall Riots

    Stonewall Riots
    In the early morning hours of June 28th, a series of spontaneous riots took place at the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in New York City. The riots were led by the gay communuity taking a stand against raiding police officers, and the gay activist movement was born.
  • 1970 homosexuality is no longer listed as a mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association in their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

    1970 homosexuality is no longer listed as a mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association in their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
    The view of homosexuality was slowly changing and was not considered as an illness anymore due to the rapid increase of the admitance of the gays.
  • Kathy Kozachenko

    Kathy Kozachenko
    She is the first openly gay American elected to public office when she wins a seat on the Ann Arbor, Michigan City Council.
  • Harvey Milk

    Harvey Milk
    wins a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and is responsible for introducing a gay rights ordinance protecting gays and lesbians from being fired from their jobs.
  • “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy created by the Clinton Administration in 1993, ended by Obama in 2011

    “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy created by the Clinton Administration in 1993, ended by Obama in 2011
    The official United States policy on gays serving in the military from December 21, 1993, to September 20, 2011. The policy prohibited soliders from discriminating against or harassing closeted homosexual or bisexual soliders. However, those who were already addressed as openly gay, lesbian or transgender were dispatched from the military. In the act ot end this administration a congressional bill to repeal DADT was enacted in December 2010. It was succusfully repeal by the president on July 22.
  • Decriminalization of Homosexuality (1961-2003) and Lawrence v Texas

    Decriminalization of Homosexuality (1961-2003) and Lawrence v Texas
    Being homosexual was thought to be a crime up until the 60s, when the fight for activty between the same gender was legal. Lawrence v Texas was a huge decision by the United States supreme court that made the same-sex sexual activity legal in every U.S. state and territory. The Court overrid its previous ruling on the same issue in the 1986 case Bowers v. Hardwick, where it did not find a constitutional protection of sexual privacy.