LGBT Rights

LGBT Rights: 1975

Adams and SullivanAdams and Sullivan Richard Adams, an American, petitions the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to allow his spouse Andrew Sullivan, an Australian, to remain in the U.S. The INS denies the petition and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ultimately upholds the INS decision.

Governor Edmund (Jerry) Brown signs the Brown Act, named for San Francisco Assembly member Willie Brown, decriminalizing private consensual sex between adults.

LGBT Rights: 1977

Municipal Elections Committee of Los Angeles (MECLA) forms to elect political candidates who support equality for lesbians and gay men.

Harvey Milk becomes the first openly gay elected official of a major U.S. city after winning a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

LGBT Rights: 1978

Voters reject Proposition 6, the “Briggs Initiative,” which would have required schools to fire or refuse to hire gay teachers and their allies.

Hear Harvey Milk’s speech at the No on 6 victory party:


Former San Francisco Supervisor Dan White assassinates Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.

See excerpts from The Times of Harvey Milk:

LGBT Rights: 1979

White Night riotWhite Night riotDan White is convicted of manslaughter, not murder, prompting violent protests at San Francisco City Hall and violent retaliation by police in the city’s Castro neighborhood.

California Supreme Court rules in Gay Law Students Association v. Pacific Telephone and Telegraph that the phone company cannot arbitrarily discriminate against lesbians and gay men in employment.

Los Angeles City Council passes an ordinance prohibiting discrimination against lesbians, gay men and transgender people.

LGBT Rights: 1984

Berkeley becomes the first city in the nation to provide benefits for the domestic partners of its lesbian and gay employees.

LGBT Rights: 1986

Los Angeles protest against Proposition 64Los Angeles protest against Proposition 64Voters resoundingly reject Proposition 64, which would have required the quarantine and banishment of all HIV-positive people. Voters reject an almost identical initiative two years later.

In Bowers v. Hardwick, the U.S. Supreme Court holds that sodomy laws which criminalize homosexuality are constitutional.

LGBT Rights: 1994

Sheila Kuehl elected to represent the Santa Monica, Southwest San Fernando Valley and coastal Ventura county area in the state Assembly, becoming the first openly gay California legislator.

LGBT Rights: 1999

Legislature passes a law recognizing limited rights for registered domestic partners.

Governor Gray Davis signs legislation covering gay men, lesbians and bisexuals under the state Fair Employment and Housing Act's anti-discrimination protection.

LGBT Rights: 2000

Voters pass Proposition 22, defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.

LGBT Rights: 2002

Transgender woman Gwen Arajo murdered by four men at a party in Newark, California.
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