National Archives (NARA) staff share their personal messages and stories of hope for LGBT youth with the It Gets Better Project .
On September 3, 1971, Michael McConnell and Jack Baker exchanged vows in the first legal same-sex wedding in the United States. Repercussions were immediate: Michael’s job offer at the University of Minnesota was rescinded, leading him to wage a battle against job discrimination with the help of the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union. The couple eventually reached the U.S. Supreme Court with two precedent-setting cases. Their remarkable story is told here for the first time—a unique account of the passion and energy of the gay liberation movement in the sixties and seventies. A book signing follows the program. Presented in collaboration with Stonewall@NARA, the National Archives LGBTQ employee Affinity Group.
Henry Gerber founds the Society for Human Rights, the first gay rights organization in the United States. Published the earliest-documented homosexual periodical, Friendship and Freedom.
The Mattachine Society, the first national gay rights organization in the U.S. is formed.
The American Psychiatric Association lists homosexuality as a sociopathic personality disturbance.
President Dwight Eisenhower signs Executive Order 10450, banning homosexuals from working for the federal government or any of its private contractors. Part of the “Lavender Scare”, a concerted effort to drive LGBTQ+ people out of government and public life, strongly influenced by Senator Joseph McCarthy.
The Daughters of Bilitis, the first national lesbian rights organization, is formed.
Illinois becomes the first U.S. state to decriminalize homosexuality.
Compton’s Cafeteria Riot
The American Psychological Association (APA) stops recognizing homosexuality as a mental disorder.
Lambda Rising, first LGBT bookstore in Washington DC, opens.
AIDS Memorial Quilt laid on National Mall first time.
ACT UP protests at the National Institute of Health for equitable medication and healthcare.
Maryland passes Antidiscrimination Act of 2001, granting protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is overturned.
Same-sex marriage is legalized in Maryland.
“Gender Identity Disorder” is renamed to the less stigmatizing “Gender Dysphoria” with the release of the DSM-5.
Maryland passes the Fairness for All Marylanders Act (2014), expanding Maryland’s antidiscrimination laws to include protections for gender identity and expression.
Maryland General Assembly passes law allowing ID changes consistent with gender identity.
Supreme Court guarantees marriage equality nationwide.
President Obama designates Stonewall National Monument.
Moonlight wins Oscar for Best Picture.
Conversion Therapy on minors is banned in Maryland.