Somewhere Over the LGBTQ Rainbow

  • Canada decriminalizes homosexuality.

    Pierre Elliot Trudeau sign Bill C-150 decrimalizing homosexuality among other things.
  • Stonewall Riots

    The three day Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village in New York City launch the modern LGBTQ movement.
  • Gay March in Canada

    Canada's first gay rights march takes place in Ottawa.
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  • Homosexuality not a Psychiatric Disorder

    The American Psychiatric Association removes homosexuality from its list of psychiatric disorders.
  • Harvey Milk Elected

    Harvey Milk becomes first openly gay man to be elected to public office as City Supervisor in California.
  • Mysterious Deaths

    Numerous deaths being reported in the gay community of San Fransisco, New York and other gay North American Hubs.
  • Assassination of Harvey Milk

    Harvey Milk is assassinated by Dan White, political rival and homophobe. Milk later became known as a “martyr for gay rights” and forever known as the "Mayor of Castro Street".
  • First American March

    The first National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights draws more than 100,000 people.
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  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms amended

    The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the “right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination.” omitting sexual orientation.
  • GRID Announced

    Disease responsible for many mysterious deaths due to weakened immune system is identified as GRID (Gay-Related Immune Deficiency), later changed to AIDS (Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome) in 1984.
  • Rock Hudson Reveals AIDS Status

    Actor Rock Hudson announces he has AIDS, finally bringing the disease into the spotlight and much needed funds for research and development into finding effective treatment.
  • Toronto Leads the Way

    Hate crime leading to death of Kenneth Zeller spurs Toronto District School Board to implement country’s first program against gay violence and discrimination.
  • Foundation of NAMES Project

    NAMES Project is founded by Cleve Jones creating the AIDS memorial quilt in memory of Harvey Milk.. Over 46,000 panels presently included.
  • Foundation of ACT UP

    ACT UP is founded by Larry Kramer in response to the government's inaction towards AIDS education, awareness, and fundraising.
  • First Gay Canadian MP Elected

    Canada’s Svend Robinson becomes the country’s first openly gay MP.
  • Denmark Legalizes Same-Sex Unions

    Denmark becomes the first country worldwide to legalize gay and lesbian unions.
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  • Pride Day Proclaimed in Toronto

    The City of Toronto officially proclaims Pride Day for the first time. Over 80,000 people attend and celebrate.
  • Military Ban Lifted in Canada

    Canada lifts the controversial ban on homosexuals in the Canadian Forces.
  • Enactment of DADT Policy

    “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” enacted by President Bill Clinton in United States banning military personel from openly discussing their sexual orientation.
  • Sexual Orientation Added to Canadian Charter

    The Supreme Court of Canada rules that sexual orientation should be “read in” the Charter of Rights and Freedoms thanks to the "Egan vs. Canada" case in the Supreme Court.
  • Same-sex Couple can Adopt in Ontario

    Ontario becomes the first province to allow homosexual couples to adopt children.
  • Triangle Program introduced by TDSB

    Toronto District School Board begins “Triangle Program”, Canada’s only classroom for GLBT youth.
  • Sexual Reassignement Surgery Not Covered

    Ontario decides provincial health insurance will no longer pay for sexual reassignment surgery. Manitoba and Alberta follow a year later.
  • Equal Rights for Same-Sex Partners

    Equal rights and responsibilities in regard to benefits and obligations are granted to same-sex partners by the Supreme Court of Canada.
  • First Lesbian MP in Canada

    Libby Davies of Vancouver, British Columbia becomes Canada’s first openly lesbian Member of Parliament.
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  • Foundation of Jer's Vision

    Thanks to a large financial settlement, Jeremy Dias creates Jer's Vision to promote a safe "Positive Space" for sexual and social diversity in schools.
  • Same-Sex Couples Marrying Begins

    British Columbia and Ontario begin marrying same-sex couples.
  • ETFO Releases LGBTQ Curriculum Documents

    Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario releases “Imagine a World That Is Free from Fear, a K-8 resource that addresses homophobia and heterosexism.
  • Legalization of Same-Sex Marriages in Canada

    House of Commons passes "Civil Marriage Act" officially sanctioning same-sex marriages nationwide.
  • First Gay Separatist Party Leader

    Openly gay politician Andre Boisclair is elected leader of the Separatist Party in the province of Quebec.
  • Ministry of Education Adds to Curriculum

    B.C. Ministry of Education agreed to add elective social justice course to the high school curriculum that includes gay and lesbian issues thanks to Murray and Peter Corren insistence that curriculum discriminated against gay students.
  • Same-Sex Marriage Banned in California

    Proposition 8 or California Marriage Protection Act is passed in state elections banning same-sex marriage.
  • Sean Penn wins Best Actor Oscar

    Sean Penn wins Best Actor Oscar for portraying Harvey Milk. Acceptance speech condemned voters in the state of California for banning gay marriage and encouraged equal rights for everyone.
  • PHA Releases Gender Identity Document

    Public Health Agency of Canada releases thorough Q&A document entitled "Gender Identity in Schools".
  • Prom Date

    Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert McKinnon rules that a gay student has the right to take his boyfriend to prom. Marc Hall attended his Oshawa Catholic high school prom with his boyfriend.
  • ETFO Releases K-8 Kit

    Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario releases “Social Justice Begins with Me”, updated K-8 literature-based kit that includes monthly grade-level themes and integrated lessons.
  • Foundation of "It Gets Better" Project

    “It Gets Better” Project founded by Dan Savage and against bullying. Book also published entitled “Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying and Creating a Life.”
  • Foundation of "It Gets Better" Project

    “It Gets Better” Project founded by Dan Savage and Terry Miller against bullying. Book subsequently published entitled
    “Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying and Creating a Life.”
  • NYC Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

    Marriage Equity Act passed by the New York State Senate allowing same-sex couples to marry 42 years after the Stonewall Riots.
  • Second Gay MP Elected in Belgium

    Elio Di Rupo becomes world's second openly gay Prime Minister of Belgium.