IT’S LGBTQIA+ PRIDE MONTH!
UNFORTUNATELY, PRIDE FESTIVALS AROUND THE COUNTRY WERE CANCELED BECAUSE OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS.
This year I feel we need to look back on the history of the LGBTQIA+ movement and see how far we have come.
- Sweden legalized same-sex marriage
- Hungary, Colombia, and Austria passed civil unions.
- Argentina, Philippines, and Uruguay ended their ban on gay people serving in the military.
- Iceland elected the first openly gay head of government in the world, Johanna Siguroardottir.
- President Obama issued a directive on same-sex domestic partner benefits for federal employees.
President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law.
Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of same-sex marriage.
- Vermont Legislature overrode Governor Jim Douglas’ veto and approved same-sex marriage.
- Maine legalized same-sex marriage.
- New Hampshire legalized same-sex marriage.
- District of Columbia legalized same-sex marriage.
- Barba “Babs” Siperstein was nominated and confirmed as an at-large member of the Democratic National Committee, becoming its first openly transgender member.
- Iceland, Portugal, and Argentina legalized same-sex marriage.
- The Mexican Supreme Court ruled that marriages contracted in Mexico City are valid throughout the country.
- Ireland passed civil unions.
- Denmark passed adoption rights for same-sex couples.
- Serbia ended its ban on gay people serving in the military.
- Australia became the first country to end its ban on transgender people serving in the military.
- The U.S. District Court in Massachusetts became the first to rule that a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.
President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act (ACA) providing protections in health care for LGBTQIA+
- Arkansas and Florida ended their bans on same-sex couples adopting.
- Amanda Simpson became the first openly transgender presidential appointee in America when she was appointed as a senior technical adviser in the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security.
- Liechtenstein passed civil unions.
- A resolution submitted by South Africa requesting a study on discrimination and sexual orientation. It passed 23 to 19 with 3 abstentions, in the UN Human Rights Councils. It was the first time that any UN body approved a resolution affirming the rights of LGBTQIA+ people.
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was repealed, ending a ban on gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
- The U.S. Attorney General said the Obama Administration would no longer defend the DOMA.
- New York legalized same-sex marriage
- Illinois, Rhode Island passed civil unions.
- Denmark legalized same-sex marriage.
President Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to publicly support same-sex marriage.
- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity issued a regulation to prohibit LGBTQIA+ discrimination in federally assisted housing programs.
- The Democratic Party of the United States became the first major U.S. political party in history to support same-sex marriage on a national platform at the Democratic National Convention.
- Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay politician and first Wisconsin woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate.
A federal appeals court upheld the ruling that declared California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional.
- Washington legalized same-sex marriage but opponents delayed its implementation until a November referendum.
- New Jersey passed a same-sex marriage bill, later vetoed by Governor Chris Christie.
- Maryland legalized same-sex marriage, implementation on hold until a referendum.
- A federal appeals court in New England upheld lower court rulings against DOMA.
Voters approved constitutional amendments permitting same-sex marriage in Maine, Maryland, and Washington.
- Kyrsten Sinema became the first openly bisexual person elected to the U.S. House.
- San Francisco voted to become the first U.S. city to provide and cover the cost of gender-affirming surgeries for uninsured transgender residents.
- California became the first U.S. state to sign a ban on therapy that claims to convert gay people into heterosexuals.