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IN LGBT HISTORY

April 4, 2005—United Kingdom’s Gender Recognition Act legalizes Transsexual Marriage.
APRIL 7, 1966—The first “Gay Community Center” is opened in the United States., located in
San Francisco.
APRIL 8, 1974—The American Psychiatric Association remove its “sickness” definition of
homosexuality.
April 14, 1997—Time magazine hits the shelves with Ellen DeGeneres on cover: “Yep, I’m Gay.”
April 20, 2001—Chinese Psychiatric Association Removes Homosexuality from List of Mental Disorders.
April 22, 1980—Human Rights Campaign Fund Is Founded.
April 23, 1990—The Hate Crimes Statistic Act is signed into law by President George Bush. It is the first U.S. bill to use the phrase “sexual orientation.”
April 24, 1993—First Dyke March Is Held in Washington, D.C. This event was planned by
the Lesbian Avengers. Over 20,000 women marched.
April 25, 1993—The third March on Washington has an estimated attendance of more
than one million people.
April 27, 1953—U.S. President Eisenhower Prohibits Federal Employment of Lesbians and Gays.
April 27, 1992—Canadian Government Antigay Campaign Is Revealed.
Apr 27, 2009—Same-sex arriage in Iowa, a U.S. state, became legal following a decision of the Iowa Supreme Court on April 3, 2009. Marriage license became available to same-sex couples on April 27.
April 28, 1977—Florida Governor Reubin Askew asks Miami voters to rescind a recently passed ray rights ordinance saying, “I would not want a known homosexual teaching my children.
April 30, 1997—ABC aired Ellen’s “The Puppy Episode,” when lead character Ellen Morgan’s realized she is a lesbian and comes out.
April 30, 2002—Transgender Rights Added to New York City Law.
April 1955-1970—Daughters of Bilitis Is Founded in San Francisco by Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon as First National Lesbian Group in United States.
April 1987—Old Lesbians Organizing for Change Records was founded.

Sources: Historic Calendar Project, Wikipedia, Library of Congress, Gay and Lesbian Issues.

 
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