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|February 10, 2000
||Montpelier, Vt. - Vermont House committee decides Gays,
Lesbians should be granted the same rights, benefits as heterosexual
couples through broad civil rights statute, but not marriage.
|February 11, 2000
|| Sacramento, California - Methodist church decides
not to charge 68 ministers who blessed lesbian wedding in protest
of church's ban on gay marriages.
|March 30, 2000
||Greensboro, NC - Reform Jewish leaders overwhelmingly
approve resolution to allow rabbis to preside at gay commitment
|April 6, 2000
||Trenton, NJ - New Jersey Supreme Court, in unanimous
ruling, said plaintiff V.C. holds "psychological parent" status,
meaning she has same parental rights as former lover, M.J.B., with
1994 born twins conceived via artificial insemination and jointly
raised for two years.
|April 16, 2000
||Montpelier, VT - 19-11 vote approves gay couples to
form "civil unions" that will entitle them to all 300+ rights, benefits
available under state law to married couples.
|April 30, 2000
||Washington, D.C. - Thousands of demonstrators gathered
on the National Mall in Washington on Sunday to march for gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgender rights.
|July 1, 2000
||Brattleboro, VT - Two Vermont women, Carolyn Conrad
and Kathleen Peterson, became the first same-sex couple in the nation
to be legally united.
|September 7, 2000
||San Antonio, TX - Couple from Houston make history
by obtaining the first marriage license issued in Texas to two lesbians
-- a union that will be legal under current state law because one
of them used to be a man.
|November 30, 2000
||Showtime cable network premiers Americanized "Queer
As Folk" version of popular Brit series.
|January 27, 2001
||Oak Park, IL - The Boy Scouts of America
rejected the charters of seven Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops
because their sponsors had challenged the organization's policy
of excluding gay members and leaders.
|April 9, 2001
|| Washington, D.C. - Scott Evertz, leader
among gay Republicans in Wisconsin, named director of White House
Office of National AIDS Policy.
|July 11, 2001
||Washington, D. C. - Bush administration
declines request from Salvation Army, nation's largest charity,
to exempt religious charities that receive federal money from local
laws barring discrimination against homosexuals.
|July 16, 2001
||Chicago, IL - Leaders of the Presbyterian
Church (USA) have voted overwhelmingly to overturn a ban on ordaining
homosexuals as ministers of the church. The 317-208
vote, taken Friday at the church's annual general assembly in Louisville,
Kentucky, came after more than two hours of debate.
|July 19, 2001
||Rhode Island - The state has become the
second in the country to ban discrimination against transsexuals,
cross-dressers and others who cross sex boundaries. The law, which
became effective without the governor's signature, prohibits discrimination
based on ''gender identity or expression'' in housing, employment
and credit. Gay rights advocates say the law will ensure that a
worker cannot be fired for having ''sex reassignment'' surgery.
|July 24, 2001
||Roanoke, VA - Ronald E. Gay, a drifter,
who told the police that jokes about his last name had angered him,
was sentenced to four life terms for a shooting rampage in a gay
bar that killed one man and wounded five other men and a woman.
Mr. Gay, 55, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and six charges
of malicious wounding in the Sept. 22 shooting at the Backstreet
Cafe in Roanoke. In court and in interviews with police, he said
he was on a mission to kill homosexuals.
|July 27, 2001
||Houston, TX - The Houston City Council
approves ordinance outlawing discrimination against gay men and
lesbians in hiring by city agencies.
|July 28, 2001
||San Francisco, CA - Sharon Smith, lesbian
partner of a San Francisco woman killed by attack dogs, became first
gay partner to be granted legal standing and may file a wrongful-death
suit against the couple who were looking after the dogs.
|August 1, 2001
||Berlin, Germany - Angelika and Gudrun Pannier,
dressed in black tuxedos and white bow ties, exchanged rings and
sealed Germany's first legal homosexual union with a kiss. The
new Partnership Law allows inheritance and health insurance
rights,but does not give gay partnerships the same tax privileges
as heterosexual marriages.
|August 2, 2001
||Germany - New law takes effect in Germany
allowing registration of same-sex partnerships despite conservative
opposition; under new law, lesbians and gays who register their
relationship will have same inheritance rights as heterosexual couples,
may share surname, and their foreign partners may join them in Germany;
law does not give same-sex couples tax advantages granted heterosexual
married couples or right to adopt children
|August 2, 2001
||Boston, MA - Minuteman Council, comprised
of 330 Scout troops and 18,000 Boy Scouts in Greater Boston, one
of largest Boy Scout councils in Massachusetts, will allow gay scoutmasters
under new 'don't ask-don't tell' policy, despite national organization's
ban on homosexuals;
|August 22, 2001
||U.S. Census shows same-sex couples head
nearly 600,000 homes in US, with gay or lesbian couple in nearly
|August 20, 2001
||Miami, FL - A federal judge ruled Thursday
that Florida's law banning homosexuals from adopting children is
valid, saying the state has a legitimate interest in only allowing
married couples to adopt. The law is considered the
nation's toughest ban on gay adoptions, prohibiting adoptions by
any gay or lesbian individual or couple. Mississippi and Utah also
ban adoptions by same-sex couples.
|September 11, 2001
||Openly gay passgenger Mark Bingham, on
United Airlines flight that crashed in Pennsylvania, one of passengers
who fought terrorist hijackers.
|September 26, 2001
||Washington, D.C. - House Approves D.C.'s
Law On Rights of Domestic Partners and ends nine years of blocking
District of Columbia domestic partners law, adopting measure 226
to 194 despite opposition by most of Republican leadership.
|September 29, 2001
||Finland and South Africa - South African
court rules that gay and lesbian couples may adopt children; Finnish
parliament approves law allowing gays to register as couples, with
right to inherit property and visit partners in hospitals, but not
to adopt children or take common surname
|November 14, 2001
||Cairo, Egypt -- An Egyptian court has jailed
23 men accused of taking part in a gay sex party in a boat on the
|January 12, 2002
||Seoul, South Korea -- Homosexual rights advocates in
South Korea have filed a lawsuit against the government for blocking
access to www.exzone.com, the nations first Web site for lesbians
and gays. Users must now type in their social security numbers
so access is denied to people under 19. South Korea's
Lesbian and Gay Human Rights Federation, together with more than
a dozen other rights groups says that the restrictions discriminate
against homosexuals and are a violation of the right to freedom
|March 14, 2002
||New York, NY - Rosie O'Donnell, in her first extensive
public discussion about being gay, says in a television interview
on ABC's Primetime Thursday that she didn't come out sooner partly
because she didn't consider it a big deal.
|March 15, 2002
||Servicemembers Legal Defense Network reports that Defense
Department discharged 1,250 men and women in 2001 for declaring
themselves gay or engaging in homosexual conduct, highest figure
in 14 years, and that number of cases of anti-gay harassment rose
to 1,075 from 871 in 2000; calls statistics an affront to liberty,
unity and military readiness.
|March 16, 2002
||Neward, DE - Delaware has joined a handful of states
breaking legal ground in child support with a court ruling that
two women should both be considered parents of a 4-year-old boy
to whom one gave birth after in-vitro fertilization
|April 10, 2002
||Thousands of high school and college students around
the nation protest anti-gay bias in schools by not speaking all
|April 11, 2002
||Darrell David Rice is charged in 1996 killings of Julianne
Marie Williams and Laura S Winans while they were hiking in Shenandoah
National Park in Virginia; Atty Gen John Ashcroft terms killings
hate crime because of Rice's hatred of women and gays, and says
he will seek death penalty; Rice is in custody serving sentence
for attacking woman in same park one year after murders.
|April 17, 2002
||Cleveland Heights, OH - Cleveland Heights becomes first
city in Ohio to extend health care benefits to same sex couples.
|April 19, 2002
|| Canberra, Australia - Prime Minister John Howard said
children are better off if they have a mother and father, and vowed
to overturn a court ruling granting lesbians access to fertility
|April 24, 2002
|| Tacoma, WA - Tacoma City Council added sexual orientation
and gender identity to the city s anti-discrimination law.
|April 26, 2002
||Pennsylvania - For first time, LGBTs included in annual
report on the hate crimes in Pennsylvania published by the New York-based
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs.
|April 26, 2002
||WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Committee on Health, Education,
Labor & Pensions voted to send the gay civil rights bill known
as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to the full Senate for
a vote later this year.
|August 3, 2002
||MOSCOW, Russia -- Russia is considering
introducing a law banning publicly promoting homosexuality -- just
as the gay community is enjoying new found freedoms.
|August 6, 2002
||COWES, England (CNN) -- The first gay sailing
team to enter Skandia Life Cowes Week has stolen the spotlight of
Europe's longest running and most famous regatta.
|August 16, 2002 .
||New York, NY- New York City Council voted
Thursday to recognize gay marriages from other jurisdictions.
|August 21, 2002
||New York, NY- About 20 lesbian and gay survivors
whose partners died in the September 11 terrorist attacks on the
World Trade Center will receive workers' compensation under state
|December 17, 2002
||Los Angeles, CA - A 15-year-old female student
who says she was banned from gym class at school because she is
a lesbian filed a lawsuit Tuesday against her instructors and the
school district, accusing them of discrimination.
|December 18, 2002
||Albany, NY - Republican Gov. George Pataki
signs bill outlawing discrimination against lesbians and gays in
New York state, 31 years after advocates began lobbying for it.
The law protects people from abuse, harassment and discrimination
in employment, housing, education and public services based on their
sexual orientation. It made New York the 13th state to prohibit
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