The Stonewall Riots
On June 28th, 1969 the New York police raided a gay bar called The Stonewall Inn. This led to what is now known as the Stonewall riots. This raid, that erupted into a riot and protests, is widely considered the beginning of the Gay Rights Movement(1).
Homosexuality Gets Removed From the DSM-2
Near the end of 1973 – December 15th – the American Psychiatric Association (APA) held a vote on whether homosexuality was a mental disorder or not. The APA declared that homosexuality was not a mental disorder and removed it from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-2). The vote was 5,854 to 3,810 in favor of removing it from the DSM-2(1).
The First Homosexual Politician in USA History Gets Elected
In 1974 a lesbian woman named Kathy Kozachenko got elected to public office. This was the first time in American history. Ms. Kozachenko was elected to the City Council in Ann Arbour, Michigan(1).
The Murder of Harvey Milk
November 27th, 1978 was a sad day in LGBT history. It was the day that Harvey Milk was murdered. Harvey Milk was shot while with the George Moscone, both men were shot by Dan White. Sadly, White only served 5 years for voluntary manslaughter.
The First Homosexual Politician in Canadian History Gets Elected
On May 10th, 1979 Robert Douglas Cook was elected as a representative for West Vancouver-Howe Sound during the 1979 BC provincial election. Cooke was elected as part of the Gay Alliance Toward Equality (GATE), Cooke won with 126 votes.
On February 5th, 1981 the Toronto Police raided four gay bath houses – this came to be known as Operation Soap. This led to incredible political movement within the LGBT community and many protests. Operation Soap is seen as a turning point in Canadian Gay Rights, this was the Canadian Stonewall(2).
Egan v. Canada
This was a historic court case in Canadian LGBT history that took place on 1995. The Egan case ruled that being free from discrimination, based on your sexual orientation, is a protected right within Canada(2).
The Former Prime Minister Marches in a Pride Parade
June 10th, 2001 was the day that former Prime Minister Joe Clark made history. Clark marched in the Calgary Gay Pride Parade as the Grand Marshal. This was the first time such a high profile politician marched in a Canadian pride parade(2).
Gay Marriage is Legalized in Canada
In 2005 gay marriage was legalized within Canada. However, it began with a court case in Ontario. This court case was Halpern v. Canada, it legalized gay marriage in Ontario. This started a domino effect that led to the national legalization of gay marriage within two years(2).
Gay Marriage is Legalized in USA
The US Supreme Court ruled, on June 26th, 2015, that the state governments didn't have the right to deny gay marriage. This ruling legalized gay marriage across America, it was a 5-4 ruling(1).
LGBT Rights Milestones Fast Facts, accessed on June 7th, 2017, http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/19/us/lgbt-rights-milestones-fast-facts/index.html
Timeline: Notable Events in LGBT Canadian History, accessed on June 7th, 2017, http://www.cbc.ca/doczone/content/interactives/gayrevolution/timeline/default.htm