History of Heterosexism

  • 9660 BC

    9660 BC
    Rock art in Sicily shows male figures in pairs that have been shown in different ways, including sexual intercourse.
  • 326 BC

    326 BC
    Military leader Alexander the great, who was bisexual launching the Hellinistic Age in which millions of people converted into a Hellenistic culture that veiws homosexual relationships positively.
  • 80 BC

    80 BC
    Julius Caesar had a love affair with king Nicomedes IV of Bithynia.
  • 342

    The first law against same sex marriage was declared by the Christian emporers Constantius and Constans.
  • 390

    The Christian emporers Valentinian II, Theodosius I, and Arcadius declared homosexual sex to be illegal and those who were guilty of it were condemed and to be burned alive in front of the public.
  • 1867

    On August 29, 1867, Karl Heinrich Ulrichs became the first self-proclaimed homosexual to speak out publicly for homosexual rights when he pleaded at the congress of German Jurists in Munich for a resolution urging the repeal of anti-homosexual laws.
  • 1897

    George Cecil Ives organized the first homosexual rights group in England, the Order of Chaeronea.
  • 1920

    The word "Gay" is used for the first time in reference to homosexuality.
  • 1937

    The first use of the pink triangle for gay men in Nazi concentration camps.
  • 1969

    The purple handprint became a symbol of gay liberation in 1969.
  • 1970

    The first Gay Liberation Day was held in New York City.
  • 1978

    The Rainbow flag is first used as a symbol of gay pride. The first Sydney Gay and Mardi Gras is held, with 2000 people attending, and 53 arrested (some seriously beaten by police)
  • 1993

    Ban on gays serving the military.
  • 2004

    Same sex marriage laws passed by: Canada, Newfoundland, Labrodor Banning same sex marriage: US states of Missisippi, Missouri, Montana, Oregon, Utah
  • 2011

    End ban to gays in the military.