Heterosexism Timeline

By kayhey9
  • Thomas Jefferson

    Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas Jefferson proposed a law that would mandate castration for gay men and mutilation of nose cartilage for gay women.
  • Joe Cino

    Joe Cino, an Italian American theatre producer opens Caffe Cino. He started the off-off broadway theatre movement. After six years, the Cafe Cino hosted the first gay play.
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  • Stonewall Riots

    Stonewall Riots
    The stonewall riots were a series of violent demonstrations by members of the gay community against a police raid that took place in New York City. They were significiant because they were the most important event leading to the gay rights movement and the modern fight for gay and lesbian rights.
  • Harvery Milk's Election

    Harvery Milk's Election
    Harvery Milk became the first American politician who became openly gay as he was voted into California's office as a supervisour.
  • National March on Washington

    National March on Washington
    About 75,000 people participated in the national march for lesbian and gay rights in Washington D.C organized by Jeff Graubart. This was the largest political gathering in support for LGBT individuals right to date. Their primary goal was to transform the gay movement from local to national and much progress has been made sense then.
  • Wisconsin!

    Wisconsin becomes the first state to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
  • California!

    The city of Berkeley, California becomes the first to offer it's empolyees domestic-partnership benefits.
  • Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    Don't Ask, Don't Tell
    The don't ask, don't tell is an official U.S policy on gays serving in the military. This policy prohibits people from discriminating and harassing LGBT individuals. It also allowed people to keep from speaking about their sexual orientation keeping them away from investigation without seperation and proof of behavior.
  • U.S. Defense of Marriage Act

    U.S. Defense of Marriage Act
    The U.S defense of marriage act is a United States federal law that restricts federal marriage benefits and required inter-state marriage recognition to only opposite-sex marriages in the United States. Eleven states have now individually decided on their own against this law deciding who you can marry. This is significant because it allows LGBT people to be themselves, be free, and have equal rights to everyone else in the U.S.
  • Ellen DeGeneres comes "out"

    Ellen DeGeneres comes "out"
    In April of 1997, Ellen DeGeneres announced that she was gay on ABC during the "20/20" episode. She said that she wanted to be accepted for who she was on television. Although a couple advertisers didn't support her, she didn't stop. The significance of Ellen coming out was to show teenagers that there is hope for things to get better so they should not commit suicide. She is now a powerhouse name winning many awards and talent competitions. A role model for LGBT individuals.
  • Matthew Shepard's Murder

    Matthew Shepard's Murder
    In Wyoming, a twenty one year old gay college student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left for dead. He was found eighteen hours later and rushed to the hospital, where he was on the edge of death for nearly five days. This hate crime was an attack that grabbed national attention. This is significant people it grabs outsiders attention to be allies and gives them drive to stand for what they want and believe in.
  • Equal Rights in the Work Place

    Equal Rights in the Work Place
    The house of representatives approves a bill ensuring equal rights in the work place for LGBT individuals.
  • The "It Get's Better" Project

    The "It Get's Better" Project
    The It Gets Better Project was created by Dan Savage inspiring hope for young people facing harrassment through a youtube video. The It Gets Better Project's is significant because it communicates with LGBT youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them. They have been very successful in doing so by gaining supporters, allies, activists, and organizations help getting a global effect on communities.
  • Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell
    This allowed LGBT individuals to openly serve in the military increasing fairness and equality. Americans no longer have to hide who they love to fight for what they love. Skills and talents are no longer denied which increases out national security. The ability of service members to be open and honest about their families and the people they love honors the integrity of the individuals who serve, strengthens the institutions they serve, and is one of the many reasons why our military remains th
  • Jason Collins

    Jason Collins
    Jason Collins, center for the Washington Wizard's NBA team openly admits that he is gay in a Sports Illistrated magazine. He is the first active athlete to make the announcement. Seven out of ten agree and support him. Some think it's selfish or a sin. Breaking barriers in sports means something, espeically for minorities. This is significant to support other athletes and show them that it is okay. To prove that there is hope. He is becoming a hero and role model to other LGBT individuals.