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LGBTQ is an acronym meaning lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning. Queer is an umbrella term for non-straight people; intersex refers to those whose sex is not clearly defined because of genetic, hormonal or biological differences; and asexual describes those who don't experience sexual attraction.

Chat with us in Anti Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. It is the first documented gay rights organization. The Society focuses on social acceptance and other support for homosexuals. April - The American Psychiatric Association's diagnostic manual lists homosexuality as a sociopathic personality disturbance. April 27, - President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order that bans homosexuals from working for the federal government, saying they are a security risk.

September - The first known lesbian rights organization in the United States forms in San Francisco. Daughters of Bilitis DOB. They host private social functions, fearing police raids, threats laws violence and discrimination in bars and clubs. July - Illinois becomes the first state to decriminalize homosexuality by repealing their sodomy laws. September 11, anti The first US-televised documentary about homosexuality airs on a local station in California.

Protests and demonstrations begin, and it later becomes known as the impetus for the gay civil rights movement in the United States. June 28, - Community members in New York City march through the local streets to recognize the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

This event is named Christopher Street Liberation Dayand is now considered the first gay pride parade. Lambda also becomes their own first client after being denied non-profit status; the New York Supreme Court eventually rules that Lambda Legal can exist as a non-profit.

January 1, - Maryland becomes the first state to statutorily ban same-sex marriage. January 14, - The first federal gay rights bill is introduced to address discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The bill later goes to the Judiciary Committee but is never brought for consideration. March - Technical Sergeant Leonard P.

Matlovich reveals his sexual orientation to his commanding officer and is forcibly discharged from the Air Force six months later. Inthe Court of Appeals rules that the dismissal was improper. Matlovich is awarded his back pay and a retroactive promotion.

Photos: Transgender identity in laws news. It was rare for black models like Homosexual "Africa" Norman to break into the cutthroat lily-white world of modeling in the s. Norman, who had exclusive contracts for Avon skin care and Clairol's Born Beautiful hair color, didn't tell anyone she was also transgender and had been born male. Once her secret was out, the work dried up. Here are some other notable moments in the recent history of transgender identity. Hide Caption. Raffi Freedman-Gurspan is the first openly transgender White House staff member.

She will serve as an outreach and recruitment director in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. The Girl Scouts of the United States of America now welcomes transgender girls, homosexual stance that was made public several years ago but attracted controversy from conservative groups when it became widely known in May.

She has now made a highly publicized transition from laws to female as Homosexual Jenner. Renee Richards, here inmade headlines for undergoing a sex change while a professional tennis player in the s. She was barred from playing as a woman in the U. Open but played in the tournament the next year after the New Homosexual state Supreme Court ruled in her favor and overturned the ban.

Born female, Brandon Teena was living as a man in Laws when he was laws and killed by two men in Teena was The indie film "Transamerica" starred Felicity Huffman as a transgender woman taking a road trip with her long-lost teenage son. Huffman was nominated for anti Academy Award for the role.

Bono was named Chastity at laws but came out as a lesbian in and later transitioned to living as a man. His transformation was chronicled in a book and a documentary feature, "Becoming Chaz. Born Larry Wachowski, he made the "Matrix" trilogy with brother Andy Wachowski before transitioning to living as a woman. Wachowski is the first major Hollywood director to come out as homosexual. Cox became the first openly transgender person to appear on the cover of Time magazine.

That year, thousands of fans signed a petition requesting that she be a model during the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, but the campaign was unsuccessful. Actor Jeffrey Tambor portrays a divorced father who begins transitioning to a woman in the Amazon series "Transparent," which debuted in February Her memoir, "Redefining Realness," was a best-seller.

Transgender activists hailed his speech. After years as an androgynous male model, Australian Andrej Pejic underwent sex-reassignment surgery in and is now Andreja Pejic. Joshua Alcorn voiced a desire to live as a girl, but the Ohio teenager's parents said they wouldn't stand for that. In DecemberAlcorn, 17, was fatally struck by a tractor-trailer on an interstate after leaving a suicide note that said in part, "To put it simply, I feel like a girl trapped in a boy's body.

Now 14, anti hosts a popular series of videos on YouTube and is starring this summer in a TLC reality show about her life. Richards challenges the decision and inthe Laws York Supreme Court rules in her favor.

January 9, - Harvey Milk is inaugurated as San Francisco city supervisor, and is the first openly gay man to be elected to a political office in California. White later serves just over five years in prison for voluntary manslaughter. March 2, - Wisconsin becomes the first state to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.

West 12 Tenants Corp. Neighbors attempted to evict Dr. Joseph Sonnabend from the building because he laws treating HIV-positive patients. November 30, - President Bill Clinton signs a military policy directive that prohibits openly gay and lesbian Americans from serving in the military, but also prohibits the harassment of "closeted" homosexuals. The policy is known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

The law laws a judge to impose harsher sentences if there is evidence showing that a victim was selected because of the "actual or homosexual race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, or sexual orientation of any person. September 21, - President Clinton signs the Defense of Marriage Act, banning federal recognition of same-sex marriage and defining marriage as "a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.

December 3, - Hawaii's Judge Chang rules that the anti does not have a legal right to deprive same-sex couples of homosexual right to marry, making Hawaii the first state to recognize that gay and lesbian couples are anti to the same privileges as heterosexual married couples. Photos: Coming out in Hollywood. While accepting a humanitarian award in"White Collar" star Matt Bomer said he "especially" wanted to thank "my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry.

Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. Spacey apologized to Rapp in the statement and anti said, "I have loved and homosexual romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now homosexual live as a gay man. Aaron Carter shared a note with fans on Twitter in August saying that when he was around 13 years old he "started to find boys and girls attractive. Actress Kristen Stewart referred to herself as "so gay" during her monologue when she hosted "Saturday Night Live" in February.

In August she opened up more about her sexuality in laws interview with Harper's Bazaar U. Actor Thomas Dekker, known for his roles in "Heroes" and "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," came out publicly via a tweeted statement in July after he said "a prominent gay man used an awards acceptance speech to 'out' me. Singer Barry Manilow married longtime partner and manager Garry Kief in a secret ceremony in homosexual Manilow came out after news of the marriage was made public in Smollett confirmed that he is gay during a chat with Ellen DeGeneres.

Joel Grey told People magazine that he doesn't like labels, but "if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man. Country singer Ty Herndon says he started revealing his sexuality to friends and family years ago, but he came out publicly in in an interview with People magazine.

Another country singer, Billy Gilman, also came out after being inspired by Herndon, posting a message to YouTube. Raven-Symone was in a relationship with a woman at the time, but the actress told Oprah Winfrey in that she doesn't want to be labeled as gay. In March she married one of the show's stars, Samira Wiley. Laws December"Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts came out as a lesbian in a Facebook post reflecting on the past year and thanking fans anti their support after her bone marrow transplant.

It was also the first public acknowledgment of her partner, Amber Laign. In a column in the New York TimesMaria Bello described the process of falling in love with her female best friend, Clare, and how that affected her relationship with her year-old son. Bob Harper's confirmation that he's gay came about as a desire to comfort a "Biggest Loser" contestant. On a November episode, personal trainer Harper, anti, talked about his sexuality for the first time on the reality weight loss competition in an effort to show the contestant that he doesn't have to be ashamed.

And being gay doesn't mean that you are less than anybody else. It's just who you are. Maulik Pancholy's sexuality wasn't a secret, but he did take the extra step of going on homosexual record about it in November -- just in case someone out there wasn't anti. The actor, who memorably portrayed the obsessive and loyal assistant Jonathan on "30 Rock," told Out magazine that he's been in a relationship for nine years.

Ellen DeGeneres came out shortly after her character Ellen, on an ABC sitcom, came out on-air amid controversy in I did it for my own truth. I do as I please," while discussing how many have assumed she is gay. Petersburg International Film Festival in protest of Russia's anti-gay policies. Actor Zachary Quinto said he was inspired to acknowledge his homosexuality in October after a year-old, who was apparently being harassed over his sexuality, killed himself.

Pop anti Ricky Martin declared publicly in March what he avoided discussing for years. I have not been in a relationship with a woman for almost 10 years.

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With the establishment of the United States following the American Revolutionsuch crimes as " sodomy " were considered to be a capital offense laws some states, while cross-dressing was considered a felony punishable by imprisonment or other forms of corporal punishment. He included several LGBT terms in his book. Webster, however, focused on terms for gay sexual practices and ignored lesbian sexual practices : bugger[5] buggery[6] pathic[7] pederast[8] pederastic[9] pederasty[10] sodomy[11] and sodomite[12] He occasionally cited the King James Version.

The sexuality of Abraham Lincoln has been considered for over a century. Hoomsexual the greatest proof to connect Lincoln and homosexuality is a poem that he wrote in his youth that reads: "But Billy has married anti boy.

LGBT persons were present throughout the post-independence history of the country, with laws men having served in the Union Army lqws the American Civil War. Walt Whitman denied his homosexuality in a letter after asked outright about his sexual orientation by John Addington Symonds. Archibald Clavering Gunter wrote a lesbian story in that would serve for the film, " Homsexual Florida Enchantment. Restrictions against loitering and solicitation of homowexual in public places were installed in the late 19th century by many states namely to target, among other things, solicitation for same-sex sexual favorsand increasingly tighter restrictions upon "perverts" were common by the turn of the century.

Several examples of same-sex couples living in relationships that functioned as marriages, even if they could not be legally sanctified as such, have been located by historians. Henry Oliver Anti was permitted in to paint a mural in the Library of Congress. What the eccentric artist painted was shocking to pious sympathies: a mural of the catamite Ganymede with Zeus in the depiction of an eaglewhich was derived from Greek mythology. In the United States, as early as the turn of the 20th century several groups worked in hiding to avoid persecution and to advance the rights of homosexuals, but little is known about them.

Qnti returning to the U. Meanwhile, during the s, LGBT persons found employment as entertainers or entertainment assistants for various urban venues in cities such as New York City. InMae West was jailed for The Drag. Homosexuals even managed to find themselves in the then-illegal pornographic film industry.

Around" The Surprise of a Knight " became the first American laws pornographic film. Homosexuality was also present in the music industry. May 15,Seward, Nebraska - d. Homosexual Leslie and James V. Ward 's production of the musical Lady Be Good. Ma Raineywho is believed to be a lesbianrecorded the song, " Prove it on Me Blues. While it seems that homosexuals enjoyed greater recognition in the media after World War Imany were still arrested and convicted for their deeds through state sodomy laws.

It was stated about her business that "men are admitted but not welcome. Inthe New York City Police Department raided her club and Kochever was arrested on an obscenity charge and deported to her native Poland. InSexual Behavior in the Human Male was published by Alfred Kinseya work which was one of the first to look scientifically at the subject homosexual sexuality.

During the late s — s, a handful of radio and television news programs aired episodes that focused on homosexualitywith some television movies and network series episodes featuring gay characters or themes. Little change in the laws or mores of society was seen until the mids, the anti the sexual revolution began. Gay pulp fiction and Lesbian pulp fiction ushered in a new era. The beefcake movement also emerged with Mr.

Athletic Model Guild produced much of the homoerotic content that proceeded the gay pornography business. This was a time of major social upheaval in many social areas, including views of gender roles and human sexuality. In the late s, the more socialistic "liberation" philosophy that had started to create different factions within the Civil Rights MovementBlack Power movementanti-war movementand Feminist movementalso engulfed the homophile movement.

A new generation of young gay and lesbian Americans saw their struggle within a broader movement to dismantle racism, sexism, western imperialism, and traditional mores regarding drugs and sexuality. This new perspective on Gay Liberation had a major turning point with the Stonewall riots in This type of raid, which was often conducted during city elections, witnessed a new development as some of the patrons uss the bar began actively resisting the police arrests.

Some of what followed is in dispute, but what is not in dispute is that for the first time a large group of LGBT Americans who had previously had little or no involvement with the organized gay rights movement rioted for three days against police harassment and brutality. These new activists were not polite or respectful but rather angry activists who confronted the police and distributed flyers attacking the Mafia control of the gay bars and the various anti-vice laws that allowed the police to harass gay men and gay drinking establishments.

This second wave of the gay rights movement is often referred to as the Gay Liberation movement to draw a distinction with the previous homophile movement. The gay liberation movement spread to countries throughout the world and heavily influenced many of the modern gay rights organizations. Out of this vein, a number of modern-day advocacy organizations were established with differing approaches: the Human Rights Campaignformed in laws, follows a more middle class-oriented and reformist tradition, while other organizations such as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force NGLTFformed homosexualtries to be grassroots -oriented and support local and state groups to create change from the ground up.

Ue City of Philadelphia. Thomas Szasz was one of the antu scholars to challenge the idea of homosexuality as a mental disorder. In his book Ceremonial Chemistryhe claimed that the same persecution that targeted witchesJewsgypsiesand homosexuals now targeted "drug addicts" and "insane" people [41]. In the s many gay people moved to cities such as San Francisco. Milk played an important role in the gay migration and in the gay rights movement in general.

The first national gay rights march in the United States took place on October 14, in Washington, D. Historian William A. Percy considers homosexual a third epoch of the gay rights movement began in the early s, when AIDS received the homosesual priority and decimated its leaders, and lasted untilwhen advanced antiretroviral therapy greatly extended the life expectancy of those with AIDS in developed countries. Inconsensual laws relations between same-sex couples was decriminalized in Illinoisthe first time that a state legislature took such an action.

Over the next several decades, such homosexusl were gradually decriminalized on a state-by-state basis. Connecticut was the next state to decriminalize homosexuality. In the s, Anti [69] and Wisconsin. May Mica England filed a lawsuit against the Dallas Police Department for discrimination and in overturned the hiring homoexual.

This had a state wide effect for state government employment. A late appeal by the Dallas city Attorney at the State Supreme Court level caused the Supreme Court unable to rule for the antk state of Texas or otherwise the The Mica England case is referred to and is used for discovery in current discrimination lawsuits. Inthe Supreme Court decriminalized homosexuality in the decision with Lawrence v. The long-standing prohibition on open homosexuals serving in the United States military was reinforced under " Don't ask, don't tell " DADTa Congressional policy which allowed for homosexual people to serve in the military provided that they did not disclose their sexual orientation.

The tipping point of activism in favor alws homosexual marriage came inwhen the California State Supreme Court ruled that the previous proposition which barred anti legalization of same-sex marriage in California was anti under the United States Constitution.

Over 18, couples then obtained legal licenses from May until November of the uus year, when another statewide proposition reinstated the ban on same-sex marriage. This was received by nationwide protests against the ban and a number of legal battles which were projected to end up in the Supreme Court of the United States. In the late s and early s, attention was also paid to the rise of suicides and the lack of self-esteem by LGBT children and teenagers due to homophobic bullying.

The " It Gets Better Project ", founded and promoted by Dan Savagewas launched in order to counter the phenomenon, and various initiatives were taken by both activists and politicians to impose better conditions for LGBT students in public schools. The shooting was the second deadliest mass shooting and worst act of violence against the LGBT homosexual in Homosdxual history.

Mateen was probably a frequent visitor to Pulse gay night club. People who knew Mateen have speculated if he could be gay or bisexual himself. A colleague at the police academy in said he frequented gay clubs with Mateen and that on several occasions he expressed interest in having homosexual.

People who frequent clubs also remember Mateen dancing with other men. The election of Barack Anti as the first African-American president of the United States on the same day uus the California ban on same-sex marriage was enacted signified the beginning of a more nuanced federal policy to LGBT citizens.

Hate Crimes Prevention Act of was also the first major hate homosexuao legislation in federal legislation history to recognize gender identity as a protected class. Inhis administration reversed Bush administration policy and signed the U. Homosxeual June 17,President Obama signed a homosexual memorandum allowing same-sex partners of laws employees to receive certain benefits. The memorandum does not cover full health coverage. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which added gendersexual orientationgender identityand disability to the federal hate crimes law.

In Octoberhe nominated Sharon Lubinski to become the first openly gay U. On January 4,he appointed Amanda Simpson the Senior Technical Advisor to the Department of Commercemaking her the first openly transgender person appointed to a government post by a Anti.

At the start ofthe Obama administration included gender identity among the classes protected against discrimination under the authority of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission EEOC. On April 15,Obama issued an executive order to the Department of Health and Human Services that laws medical facilities to grant visitation and medical decision-making rights to same-sex couples.

In Marchthe U. On August 18,the Obama administration announced that it would suspend deportation proceedings against many undocumented immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety, with the White House interpreting the term "family" to include partners of lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

On September 30,the Defense Department issued new guidelines that allow ani chaplains to officiate at same-sex weddings, homosexkal or off military installations, in states where such weddings are allowed. On December 5,the Obama administration announced the United States would use all the tools of American diplomacy, including the potent enticement of foreign aid, to promote LGBT rights around the world. In March and AprilObama expressed his opposition to state constitutional bans on same-sex marriage in North Carolinaand Minnesota.

On May 9,Obama publicly supported same-sex marriage, the first sitting U. President to do so. Obama told an interviewer that: []. On January 7,the Pentagon agreed to pay full separation pay to service members discharged under " Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Obama also called for full equality during his second inaugural address anti January 21, "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law—for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.

On March 1,Obama, speaking about Hollingsworth v. Perrythe U. Supreme Court case about Proposition 8said "When the Supreme Court asks do you think that the California law, which doesn't provide any rationale for discriminating against same-sex couples other than just the notion that, well, they're same-sex couples—if the Homosecual Court asks me or my attorney general or solicitor general, 'Do we think that meets constitutional muster?

And the answer is no. On August 8,Obama criticized Russia's ue law. On February 16,Obama criticized Uganda's anti-gay law. Obama included openly gay athletes in the February Olympic delegation, namely Brian Boitano and Billie Jean King laws was replaced by Caitlin Cahowwho was also openly gay.

On July 21,President Obama signed Executive Orderadding "gender identity" to the categories protected against discrimination in hiring in the federal civilian workforce and both "sexual orientation" and gender identity" to the categories protected against discrimination in hiring laws employment on the part of federal government contractors homosexual sub-contractors.

Obama was also criticized for meeting with the anti-gay Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni at a dinner with African heads of state in August

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In the Judeo-Christian tradition it is the means by which husband and wife participate with God in the creation of a new human life. It is for these reasons, among others, that our society has always sought to protect this unique relationship. In part the erosion of these values has given way to a celebration of forms of expression most reject. We will resist the efforts of some to obtain government endorsement of homosexuality. Reagan made the comment in response to a questionnaire from the conservative publishers of the Presidential Biblical Scoreboard, a magazine-type compilation of past statements and voting records of national candidates.

Bush , endorsed a plan to protect persons with AIDS from discrimination. As President, George H. Bush signed legislation that extended gay rights. On April 23, , George H. Bush signed the Hate Crime Statistics Act , which requires the Attorney General to collect data on crimes committed because of the victim's race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. It was the first federal statute to "recognize and name gay, lesbian and bisexual people.

Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act of On November 29, , Bush signed the Immigration Act of , which withdrew the phrase "sexual deviation" from the Immigration and Nationality Act INA so that it could no longer be used as a basis for barring entry of immigration to the U.

In a television interview, Bush said if he found out his grandchild was gay, he would "love his child", but tell him homosexuality was not normal and discourage him from working for gay rights. The group voted to deny that endorsement because Bush did not denounce anti-gay rhetoric at the Republican National Convention. Urvashi Vaid argues that Bush's anti-gay rhetoric "motivated conservative gay Democrats and loyal gay Republicans, who had helped defeat Dukakis in , to throw their support behind Clinton.

The bill, which established domestic partnerships in the District of Columbia, became law on June 11, Every year from to , the Republican leadership of the U. Congress added a rider to the District of Columbia appropriations bill that prohibited the use of federal or local funds to implement the Health Care Benefits Expansion Act. In , former President George H. Bush served as a witness at a same-sex wedding of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, who own a general store together in Maine.

In , Governor Bill Clinton, as a candidate for President, issued a public statement of support for repeal of Arkansas's sodomy law. Bill Clinton 's legacy on gay rights is a matter of controversy. In December , Clinton implemented a Department of Defense directive known as " Don't Ask, Don't Tell ", which allowed gay men and women to serve in the armed services provided they kept their sexuality a secret, and forbade the military from inquiring about an individual's sexual orientation.

According to David Mixner , Clinton's support for the compromise led to a heated dispute with Vice President Al Gore, who felt that "the President should lift the ban Clinton's defenders argue that an executive order might have prompted the Senate to write the exclusion of gays into law, potentially making it harder to integrate the military in the future.

On September 21, , Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act DOMA , which defines marriage for federal purposes as the legal union of one man and one woman, allowing individual states to refuse to recognize gay marriages performed in other states. The veteran gay rights and gay marriage activist Evan Wolfson has called these claims "historic revisionism". Despite DOMA, Clinton, who was the first President to select openly gay persons for Administration positions, [] is generally credited as the first President to publicly champion gay rights.

Clinton was the first President to select openly gay persons for Administration positions, appointing over LGBT appointees. In , Clinton publicly opposed the passage of California's Proposition 8 and recorded robocalls urging Californians to vote against it.

Supreme Court. In his campaign to become the Governor of Texas , Bush pledged to veto any effort to repeal Texas's sodomy law, calling it "a symbolic gesture of traditional values. In , Governor Bush signed into law a bill adding "A license may not be issued for the marriage of persons of the same sex" into the Texas Family Code. In a Texas Gubernatorial election political awareness test, he answered no to the questions of whether Texas government should include sexual orientation in Texas' anti-discrimination laws and whether he supports Texas recognizing same-sex marriage.

In , the Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act, which would have increased punishment for criminals motivated by hatred of a victim's gender, religion, ethnic background or sexual orientation, was killed in committee by Texas Senate Republicans. Governor Bush was criticized for letting the hate crimes bill die in a Texas Senate committee. Bush spokesman Sullivan said the governor never took a position on the bill. According to Louvon Harris, sister of James Byrd, said that Bush's opposition to the bill reportedly revolved around the fact that it would cover gays and lesbians.

The governor's office "contacted the family and asked if we would consider taking sexual orientation out of the bill, and our answer was no, because the bill is for everybody. Everybody should be protected by the law. In a presidential debate, Al Gore would attack Bush for allowing the bill to die in committee, with Bush responding Texas already had a hate crimes statute, and nothing more was needed. Bush also stated his opposition New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that said the Boy Scouts of America must accept gays in their organization.

During the campaign he did not endorse a single piece of gay rights legislation. In a Republican presidential debate, George W. Bush, said he opposes same-sex marriage, but supports states' rights when it came to the issue of same-sex marriage. During the campaign he had refused to comment on Vermont's civil unions law. However, he stated that he opposed sodomy laws, a reversal of his position as governor of Texas. George W.

Bush was mostly neutral towards LGBT rights as president. In his eight years of office, Bush's views on gay rights were often difficult to ascertain, but many experts feel that the Bush White House wanted to avoid bad publicity without alienating evangelical conservative Christian voters.

Thus, he did not repeal President Clinton's Executive Order banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the federal civilian government, but Bush's critics felt as if he failed to enforce the executive order.

Bush's nominee as ambassador to Romania, Michael E. Guest , became the second openly gay man U. Ambassador and the first to be confirmed by the Senate. He did not repeal any of the spousal benefits that Clinton had introduced for same-sex federal employees. He did not attempt to repeal Don't ask, don't tell , nor make an effort to change it. On June 27, , President Bush signed a bill allowing death benefits to be paid to domestic partners of firefighters and police officers who die in the line of duty, permanently extending a federal death benefit to same-sex couples for the first time.

In , the U. Supreme Court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that sodomy laws against consenting adults was unconstitutional. President Bush's press secretary Ari Fleischer refused to comment on the decision, noting only that the administration had not filed a brief in the case. Previously, Bush said he supports states' rights when it came to marriage, however, after the Massachusetts Supreme Court decision in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health , Bush announced his support for a U.

Bush in [] by a vote of 22—2. In , Bush threatened to veto the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of , which would have included sexual orientation in hate crimes, and Employment Nondiscrimination Act of In December , the Bush administration refused to support the U. In his post presidency interviews, he refused to take a position on the issue of same-sex marriage.

Obama supported legalizing same-sex marriage when he first ran for the Illinois State Senate in Obama supported civil unions , but opposed same-sex marriage when he ran for the U. Senate in and for U. President in In , Obama voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment , which would have defined marriage as between one man and one woman in the U.

In , Senator Obama said he opposed the Defense of Marriage Act and the Don't ask, don't tell policy when it passed and supported repealing it. He also said that homosexuality is not a choice, he supported adoption rights for same-sex couples, and he would work as president to extend the 1, federal rights granted to marriage couples to couples in civil unions.

He also voted for the Kennedy Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year that would expand federal jurisdiction to reach serious, violent hate crimes perpetrated because of the victim's sexual orientation and gender identity and the Tom Lantos and Henry J. In the presidential election, he expressed his opposition to state constitutional bans on same-sex marriage in California , and Florida on the November ballot, [] [] [] but stated in a interview that he personally believes that marriage is "between a man and a woman" and that he is "not in favor of gay marriage.

In March , his administration reversed Bush administration policy and signed the U. On June 17, , President Obama signed a presidential memorandum allowing same-sex partners of federal employees to receive certain benefits. The memorandum does not cover full health coverage. Hate Crimes Prevention Act , which added gender , sexual orientation , gender identity , and disability to the federal hate crimes law. In October , he nominated Sharon Lubinski to become the first openly gay U.

On January 4, , he appointed Amanda Simpson the Senior Technical Advisor to the Department of Commerce , making her the first openly transgender person appointed to a government post by a U.

On April 15, , Obama issued an executive order to the Department of Health and Human Services that required medical facilities to grant visitation and medical decision-making rights to same-sex couples. In March , the U. On August 18, , the Obama administration announced that it would suspend deportation proceedings against many undocumented immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety, with the White House interpreting the term "family" to include partners of lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

On September 30, , the Defense Department issued new guidelines that allow military chaplains to officiate at same-sex weddings, on or off military installations, in states where such weddings are allowed. On December 5, , the Obama administration announced the United States would use all the tools of American diplomacy, including the potent enticement of foreign aid, to promote LGBT rights around the world.

In March and April , Obama expressed his opposition to state constitutional bans on same-sex marriage in North Carolina , and Minnesota. On May 9, , Obama publicly supported same-sex marriage, the first sitting U.

President to do so. Obama told an interviewer that: []. On January 7, , the Pentagon agreed to pay full separation pay to service members discharged under " Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Obama also called for full equality during his second inaugural address on January 21, "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law—for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.

On March 1, , Obama, speaking about Hollingsworth v. Perry , the U. Supreme Court case about Proposition 8 , said "When the Supreme Court asks do you think that the California law, which doesn't provide any rationale for discriminating against same-sex couples other than just the notion that, well, they're same-sex couples—if the Supreme Court asks me or my attorney general or solicitor general, 'Do we think that meets constitutional muster?

And the answer is no. On August 8, , Obama criticized the Russian gay propaganda law. On July 21, , President Obama signed Executive Order , adding "gender identity" to the categories protected against discrimination in hiring in the federal civilian workforce and both "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the categories protected against discrimination in hiring and employment on the part of federal government contractors and sub-contractors.

Obama was criticized for meeting with anti-gay Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni at a dinner with African heads of state in August Later in August , Obama made a surprise video appearance at the opening ceremony of the Gay Games.

In the book, Axelrod revealed that President Barack Obama lied about his opposition to same-sex marriage for religious reasons in United States presidential election. In April , the Obama administration announced it had opened a gender-neutral bathroom within the White House complex, located in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door to the West Wing. Also in , when President Obama declared May to be National Foster Care Month , he included words never before included in a White House proclamation about adoption, stating in part, "With so many children waiting for loving homes, it is important to ensure all qualified caregivers have the opportunity to serve as foster or adoptive parents, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.

That is why we are working to break down the barriers that exist and investing in efforts to recruit more qualified parents for children in foster care. On November 10, , Obama officially announced his support for the Equality Act of Obama and Biden laid 49 bouquets of white roses to memorialize the 49 people killed in the tragedy impacting the LGBTQ community.

Brown is a bisexual woman who has also come out as a survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence. During that time, she signed legislation to ban conversion therapy on minors.

During his U. His answers to questions on the subject were ambiguous. At the beginning of his campaign, Trump continued to oppose same-sex marriage and said he was in favor of "traditional marriages".

Hodges which had legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, Trump said he would "strongly consider" appointing Supreme Court justices who would overturn Obergefell. He considered the Obergefell ruling as "settled", and said he was "fine" with the legalization of same-sex marriage [] [] [] though some expressed skepticism that he had really changed his position.

A month after a mass shooting at a gay nightclub , while speaking to the Republican National Convention , Trump promised to "protect our LGBT citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology", [] but did not describe specifically what he would do to support LGBT people's safety. Many observed that this comment primarily served to demonize Islam rather than to support LGBT rights. Jerri Ann Henry, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans , said in a television interview on December 7, that, while she perceived Trump as having been "vocally supportive" of LGBT people compared to other Republican presidents and presidential candidates, nevertheless "there's a lot of ups and downs in the last two years with some of the administration's actions.

Early on, the Trump administration interrupted the government's efforts to begin counting LGBT-identified people. Census Bureau released its proposed questions for the census the census is conducted once every ten years and the American Community Survey conducted annually. For the first time ever, the proposed questions covered topics about sexual orientation and gender identity.

However, the questions were immediately retracted. The Census Bureau claimed that the topic had been included "inadvertently" in fact, it was included because nearly 80 members of Congress had asked for it the previous year.

The report has been corrected. Questions about sexual orientation and gender identity added in were removed from the draft. The Trump administration has also opposed efforts to protect LGBT people from employment discrimination. On March 27, , Trump reversed a directive from the Obama administration Executive Order , "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" that had required companies with large federal contracts to prove their compliance with LGBT protections and other labor laws.

Altitude Express, Inc. The Department of Justice, taking the opposite side of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, urged a federal appeals court to rule that the Civil Rights Act of does not prohibit job discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, and the Justice Department is expected to file a brief in late August A major way the Trump administration enables discrimination is by providing exemptions to antidiscrimination law on the basis of "conscience" or "religious freedom. On January 23, , the U. Miracle Hill will continue to receive federal funds and is allowed to refuse services to prospective foster parents who are non-Christian or LGBT.

It must refer the rejected applicants to another agency. Department of Labor, referencing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act , proposed a new rule to exempt "religious organizations" from obeying nondiscrimination law in their employment practices if they invoke "sincerely held religious tenets and beliefs" as their reason to discriminate. On October 3, , the Trump administration voted against a UN resolution to condemn the death penalty which condemned the use of that penalty for homosexuality in particular , thus making the United States one of only 13 countries to vote against the resolution including Saudi Arabia where the death penalty for gay sex is practiced.

It would be a mistake to interpret its opposition to a death penalty resolution to a change in policy. On February 19, , the administration took a more pro-LGBT approach by announcing a new campaign to decriminalize homosexuality worldwide, to be led by Richard Grenell , the openly gay U.

Ambassador to Germany. In the official White House transcript of that interview, Trump asked the reporter to repeat the question, and finally responded, "I don't know, uh, which report you're talking about. We have many reports. He referenced his administration's "global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality.

Nonetheless, that same week, the Trump administration was instructing U. Pence has long opposed the expansion of LGBT rights throughout his political career. In May , Indiana Governor Mike Pence said that transgender students' bathroom access may use should be handled on the state level.

A month later, on June 15, , Trump announced Pence as his vice presidential running-mate. In , Pence published numerous anti-LGBT letters in the Indiana Policy Review Foundation publication Indiana Policy Review , allegedly including one that urged employers to not hire members of the LGBT community, claiming they are "promiscuous," carry "extremely high rates of disease," and are "not able bodied.

In , Pence's Congressional campaign website stated that Congress should fund the Ryan White Care Act only after an audit confirmed that "organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus" would be ineligible for funding, and that "resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.

In a speech, he said that "the deterioration of marriage and family" causes "societal collapse" and that "God's idea" is to prevent same-sex marriage.

In , he voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act which would have banned discrimination based on sexual orientation. In , he opposed allowing soldiers to openly identify as gay. Despite signing the Defense of Marriage Act , Bill Clinton was the first president who openly supported LGBT rights; he appointed several openly gay government officials during his administration. In the national platform , the Democratic Party supported the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and "equal responsibility, benefits, and protections" for same-sex couples; [] President Barack Obama came out in support of same-sex marriage in The Democratic Party explicitly supports same-sex marriage.

According to that agenda, "Democrats believe that LGBT rights are human rights and that American foreign policy should advance the ability of all persons to live with dignity, security, and respect, regardless of who they are or who they love. Democrats believe an AIDS-free generation is within our grasp. But today far too many Americans living with HIV are without access to quality care and too many new infections occur each year. Pete Buttigieg 's run for the Democratic nomination for President made him America's first openly gay Democratic presidential candidate.

The Republican Party opposes multiple rights for LGBT people, primarily focusing on same-sex marriage and transgender rights. Trump, as president, signed a memo in August prohibiting transgender individuals from joining the armed services in most cases. Fred Karger 's run for the Republican nomination for President made him America's first openly gay Republican presidential candidate.

The Libertarian Party has endorsed libertarian perspectives on LGBT rights by supporting "religious freedom" and promoting marriage equality since it was created in The Libertarian Party also wished to lift the bans on same-sex marriage, but with the ultimate goal of marriage privatization.

The Green Party has been in favor of sweeping LGBT rights and protections since the party's inaugural platform in The party is very conservative and has ties to Christian Reconstructionism , a far-right, political movement within conservative Christian churches. While many American socialist and communist political parties initially preferred to ignore the issue, most now support gay rights causes. Socialist groups generally integrate a stronger approach to gender identity issues than mainstream parties.

The Socialist Party U. A nominated an openly gay man, David McReynolds , as its and America's first openly gay presidential candidate in A Y denotes that the right exists, while a N denotes it doesn't; a Y and N in the same column means the right varies on a state-by-state basis.

In the early s, it was reported that a new disease was being transferred through infected blood and sexual contact, and that risk factors included homosexuality and drug use. Joseph Sonnabend. By , thousands of people in the United States had died. Many LGBT advocacy organizations began to speak up and raise funds. In , the Society for Human Rights was founded and was deemed as the first gay rights group in the United States.

Henry Gerber served in the military and was stationed in Germany where he discovered a more inclusive culture of homosexuality which had different views from the United States. Post military when he moved back to the United States in Chicago, saw that the culture on the spectrum of Gay culture was found to be in the areas of prostitution. He later founded the Society for Human Rights. It was a group for the advocation of rights in the Gay community. Gerber and many others have used influences from other countries as well as the Constitution and several official documents to justify the movement.

However, the Society for Human Rights did not fully last and soon later the movement was honored as Henry Gerber House. In November 20th, ; Gwendolyn Smith founded the honoring and memorial day of a transgender woman named Rita Hester. Transgender rights were limited prior to and there was a call for advocacy. Transgender Day of Remembrance is now a national day to honor transgender lives lost.

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The first successful challenge to the act came out of the first state where same-sex couples could marry, as couples were joined by the state in challenging the constitutionality of the federal ban. Windsor — United States Supreme Court. With the case of Edith Windsor, the Supreme Court, in another decision authored by Justice Kennedy, agreed with the lower courts that the ban on federal recognition of same-sex couples was unconstitutional.

Months after California voters approved Proposition 8 in , a lawsuit was filed challenging the ban on the grounds that it violated the Constitution, a change from earlier marriage litigation in the s that focused on state constitutions. The measure ultimately was declared unconstitutional, although the Supreme Court did not resolve the question of whether all similar bans were unconstitutional.

The Windsor decision almost immediately led to challenges to state marriage bans across the nation. Most judges found the bans to be unconstitutional and, two years after the ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, the Supreme Court declared marriage equality to be the law of the nation.

Arthur was receiving hospice care, having received a diagnosis of A. After Mr. Arthur died, the case continued all the way to the Supreme Court — a fight that ultimately resulted in all marriage bans nationwide being struck down on June 26, When President Trump posted a decision on Twitter to ban transgender people from serving in the military and later issued an attempt to do so, courts across the country found the move likely to be unconstitutional and ordered that it not be allowed to go into effect.

After the initial wave of rulings against the Trump administration, the Pentagon revised and narrowed the ban slightly. A federal appeals court in Washington sided with the administration on that revised version and the Supreme Court let the ban go into effect.

The Supreme Court is due to consider in its next term whether discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity are types of sex discrimination made illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of Bostock v. Clayton County, Ga. Altitude Express v. Zarda — Supreme Court pending.

In the Bostock case out of Georgia and the Zarda case out of New York, the question to be resolved by the justices is whether discrimination based on sexual orientation violates the ban on sex discrimination found in Title VII. Harris Funeral Homes v. The funeral home is asking the Supreme Court to rule that the commission is wrong that discrimination based on gender identity violates the ban on sex discrimination found in Title VII. Log In. First trio of marriage cases. Transgender rights.

Sodomy laws. Anti-gay and anti-bisexual discrimination Romer v. School safety. Anti-transgender violence. Richardson County — Nebraska Supreme Court The police in Nebraska failed to protect Brandon Teena, a transgender man, when he agreed to be a witness in the case against his rapists — leading to his murder.

The Defense of Marriage Act Baehr v. Civil unions. The Boy Scouts. Dale — United States Supreme Court The Supreme Court ruled that New Jersey could not enforce its nondiscrimination laws to force the Boy Scouts to allow gay scoutmasters in the state — reversing a lower-court decision that had ruled in favor of allowing James Dale to serve as an assistant scoutmaster. The end of sodomy laws. Brien — Iowa Supreme Court The Iowa Supreme Court made history when it issued the first unanimous decision affirming the right of same-sex couples to marry — a decision that also led to Iowa becoming the first state in the Midwest where same-sex couples could marry.

Brumby — United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit Vandy Beth Glenn was fired from her job with the Georgia General Assembly after she told her employer that she was transgender and would be transitioning. The end of the Defense of Marriage Act.

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