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The MCBA Celebrates Pride History Month


20 Years, 20+ Important Milestones in the History of the
LBGTQ+ Community in the United States


2000 – Same sex Civil Unions is passed and comes into effect in the State of Vermont.


2000 - The Transgender Pride flag was first shown at a pride parade in Phoenix, Arizona.


2000 - Hillary Clinton became the first First Lady of the United States to march in an LGBT pride parade.


2001 – Anti-discrimination legislation is enacted passed in Rhode Island (private sector, gender identity) and Maryland (private sector, sexual orientation).


2001 – Cathedral City, CA dedicates the first memorial in the United States honoring LGBT veterans.


2002 - Anti-discrimination legislation is enacted in Alaska (public sector, sexual orientation) and New York State (private sector, sexual orientation).


2003 - Anti-discrimination legislation is enacted in Arizona (public sector, sexual orientation), Kentucky (public sector, sexual orientation and gender identity), Michigan (executive branch of the state government, sexual orientation), New Mexico (private sector, sexual orientation and gender identity) and Pennsylvania (public sector, gender identity).


2003 – Homosexuality is decriminalized in the United States (nationwide).


2003 - Jennifer Finney Boylan's autobiography, She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders, was the first book by an openly transgender American to become a bestseller.


2003 - The first lesbian sex scene in broadcast TV history occurred, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


2004 - Same sex Civil Unions is passed and comes into effect in the State of Maine.


2004 – Limited partnerships is passed and comes into effect in the State of New Jersey.


2004 - Same-sex marriage is banned in the States of MississippiMissouriMontanaOregon and Utah.


2004 – Same sex marriage and civil unions are banned in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Wisconsin.


2004 - Anti-discrimination legislation is enacted in Indiana (public sector, gender identity), Louisiana (public sector, sexual orientation) and Maine.


2004 – Showtime’s The L Word featured television’s first ensemble cast of lesbian characters.


2004 - Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon became the first same-sex couple to be legally married in the United States, when San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom allowed city hall to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. However, all same-sex marriages done in 2004 in California were annulled. 


2004 – New Jersey Governor James McGreevey, comes out as gay, becoming the first openly gay state governor in United States history. He resigned soon after.


2004 - Luna, by Julie Anne Peters, was published, and was the first young-adult novel with a transgender character to be released by a mainstream publisher.


2004 - The first Trans pride march was held in San Francisco.


2005 - Civil Union/Registered Partnership passed and enacted in Connecticut.


2005 - Same-sex marriage and civil unions are banned in Kansas and Texas.


2005 - Anti-discrimination legislation: US States of Illinois (private sector, sexual orientation and gender identity) and Maine (private sector, sexual orientation and gender identity).


2005 - The Simpsons became the first cartoon series to dedicate an entire episode to the topic of same-sex marriage.


2005 – Lacrosse player Andrew Goldstein comes out, becoming the first American male team-sport professional athlete to be openly gay during his playing career.


2006 - Kim Coco Iwamoto became the first transgender official to win statewide office  when elected to the Hawaii Board of Education.


2006 – Civil Union/Registered Partnership passed in New Jersey, comes into effect in 2007.


2006 – Same-sex marriage is banned in Tennessee.


2006 – Same-sex marriage and civil unions banned in Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia, and Wisconsin.


2006 - Anti-discrimination legislation passed in Illinois (sexual orientation), New Jersey (private sector, gender identity), Washington (sexual orientation and gender identity) and Washington, D.C. (private sector, gender identity).


2006 – Anti-discrimination legislation voided in Kentucky.


2006 – The United States Senate fails to pass the Federal Marriage Amendment.


2007 - Candis Cayne becomes the first openly transgender actress to play a recurring transgender character in prime time in ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money.


2008 - Matthew Mitcham became the first openly gay athlete to win an Olympic gold medal.


2008 - Rachel Maddow became the first openly gay or lesbian anchor of a major prime-time news program in the United States when she began hosting The Rachel Maddow Show on U.S. cable network MSNBC.


2008 - Annise Parker was elected as the first openly gay or lesbian mayor of Houston, Texas.


2010 - Phyllis Frye became the first openly transgender judge appointed in the United States.


2010 - Guinness World Records recognized transgender man Thomas Beatie as the world's "First Married Man to Give Birth."


2011 - The United States ends the ban on openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual people in the military.


2012 - Kyrsten Sinema became the first openly bisexual person elected to the U.S. Congress in 2012.


2012 - Kate McKinnon became Saturday Night Live's first openly lesbian cast member.


2012 - Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to publicly announce support for same-sex marriage.


2013 - The U.S. Senate confirmed Nitza Quiñones Alejandro to a federal judgeship, making her the first openly gay Latina to hold such a post.


2013 - New Jersey became the second state, after California, to sign a ban on therapy that claims to convert gay people into heterosexual.


2013 - Major General Patricia "Trish" Rose became the first openly lesbian two-star general in the U.S. Air Force, and the highest ranking openly gay officer in the entire U.S. military at the time.


2014 – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the first Title VII action taken by the federal government on behalf of transgender workers. The lawsuits were filed for Amiee Stephens and Brandi Branson, both transgender women.


2014 - Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams and thus became the first openly gay player to be drafted into the National Football League.


2014 - Laverne Cox  became the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy in an acting category: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Sophia Burset in Orange Is the New Black.


2014 - Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple Inc., came out as gay, thus becoming the first openly gay CEO on the Fortune 500 list.


2015Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. 644 - the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.


2015 - Caitlyn Jenner became the first openly transgender woman on the cover of Vanity Fair.


2015 - President Barack Obama became the first president to use the words "lesbian," "bisexual", and "transgender" in a State of the Union speech.


2016 - Eric Fanning became the first openly gay Secretary of the United States Army.


2016 - Amelia Gapin became the first openly transgender woman to be featured on the cover of Women's Running.


2016On 24 June 2016, President Barack Obama officially designated the Stonewall National Monument, making it the United States' first National Monument designated for an LGBT historic site. The National Monument status encompasses the Stonewall Inn, Christopher Street Park, and the block of Christopher Street bordering the park.


2017 - San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers came out as gay, thus becoming the NFL's first openly LGBT coach, and the first openly LGBT coach in all of U.S. men's professional sports.


2017 - America's first all-LGBT city council was elected in Palm Springs, consisting of three gay men, a transgender woman and a bisexual woman.


2018 - Kyrsten Sinema became the first openly bisexual person elected to the U.S. Senate.


2019 Pete Buttigieg became the first ever openly gay Democratic presidential candidate in American history


2019 - Lil Nas X came out as gay, making him the first artist to have done so while having a number-one record. He later became the first openly gay man to be nominated at the Country Music Association Awards.


2020 - The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of protecting gay, lesbian, and transgender employees from workplace discrimination.

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