LGBT couples are still struggling for their rights and identity. Despite, the long battle, few have won the battle and some courageous people are still fighting. The whole movement is a roller-coaster ride for them. Smiles, tears, hopes, dreams and enthusiasm all are available in the entire battle to get the equal rights in the society.
Major facts on LGBT movement
LGBT movement now becomes a never ending process. However, it is nationally legal. Here are some important facts and milestones of this movement.
It was just a beginning of this movement. ‘Henry Gerber’ and ‘Harry Hay’ was the people who took this movement on the different level. They founded societies for the LGBT’s rights. Their societies were mainly focused on communal approval and other support for the LGBT people. During these years, the LGBT community was known as a person who is down with Sociopathic personality disorder. That time president Eisenhower signs an order that bans LGBT’s from the departments of national government. In the year of 1961, Illinois state legalizes LGBT by revoking their sodomy laws. In 1967, ‘the Los Angeles Advocate’ discovered and after a few times it was renamed as ‘the advocate’. It is one of the oldest publication for LGBT rights. Their newsletter is better-known as PRIDE (Personal Rights in Defense and Education).
These 20 years were the crucial years of the movement. In 1973, Lambda becomes the 1st organization legally to fight for the equality for the LGBT community. In the same year, Maryland banned the LGBT marriage and becomes the first state of such order. Another major turn comes across in the same year when 3,810 out of 5,854 votes helped to remove homosexuality from the psychological disorder’s list. 1974 is another key year for the movement as the 1st national gay rights bill is introduced to deal with inequity based on sexuality. The bill afterward goes to the ‘Judiciary Committee’, but unfortunately is never brought for deliberation.
Another roller coaster decade for the movement. ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy was signed by president Clinton in the year of 1993. After 3 years of this policy, Clinton sings another act in which he defines the meaning of marriage as a ‘lawful union between one woman and man as a wife and husband’. He also banned the LGBT marriages. But, after 2 months of the act, Hawaii identifies as a first state to provide the same rights to LGBT as normal married couples. In 1997, comedian, ‘Ellen DeGeneres’ comes out in the favor of LGBT as a lesbian on the cover page of ‘time magazine’.
Vermont legalizes civil-unions between the LGBT couples in the year of 2000. After so many exams, first LGBT community marriage was held in 2004 in Massachusetts. Finally, in 2005, California parliament passes a bill to allow the marriages of the LGBT community. The society and rules became more flexible with the time. In 2006, New Jersey Supreme Court asks for the equal benefits and rights to the same-sex couples.
‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ was canceled in September 2011. The massive success of this movement was when sitting president Obama openly supports the LGBT marriages.
Since the things have improved and changed a lot. Many things are going in the favor of LGBT couples. Hopefully, they will not wander for their basic rights anymore.