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This section records major developments over the years 1996 to 2000 in what has been called "the gay agenda" -- working towards:

bulletAchieving equality for persons of all sexual orientations in areas of employment, accommodation, freedom of assault, etc. 
bulletAcceptance of all sexual orientations (heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality) as normal, natural human variations.

We make no claim to completeness, or even balance. Our aim was to record items of a major nature in the drive for equal rights for persons of all sexual orientations. More recent news is located elsewhere on this web site.

You will find Canadian news over-represented in this list. That is because this Web site is located in Canada and most of our readers are in the US. Americans often do not have access to news from Canada - yet there are many major developments "north of the border."

For news in related areas, see:

bulletStatements and policies of religious groups towards homosexuality
bulletStatements by mental health organizations about homosexuality
bulletDevelopments in same-sex Marriages
bulletGay-lesbian support groups in public schools

[Comments within square brackets] are added by ourselves. [Sometimes we cannot resist.] Items from the most recent month are listed first.

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2000-OCT

bulletGovernment: VP candidate Dick Cheney supports civil unions.

2000-JUN:

bulletGovernment: United Nations conference fails to extend womens' programs

2000-MAY:

bulletGovernment: People for the American Way release "Hostile Climate" annual report
bulletMedia: Internet censorship companies use double standard
bulletEducation: Teaching about homosexuality in Scottish schools

2000-APR:

bulletCivil rights: Same-sex marriage initiative in Vermont succeeds.

2000-MAR:

bulletMedia: Controversy over Dr. Laura Schlessinger's upcoming TV program.
bulletMedia: KeyWord Ministries, the church in Staten Island sponsored some anti-gay billboards. They were quickly removed.

2000-FEB:

bulletCivil Rights: New South African anti-discrimination law may have major implications for gay rights.
bulletMedia: DC Comics introduces The Authority: a comic book featuring two gay superheroes.

2000-JAN:

bullet1st Amendment rights: Orange County CA school board vs. gay-positive high school students.
bullet1st Amendment rights: Gay-positive clubs in public schools.

1999-DEC:

bulletCivil rights: Same-sex marriage initiatives in California

1999-OCT:

bulletGovernment: Governor of California signs three gay-positive bills into law.

1999-AUG:

bulletPolitics: Stance of presidential candidates on equal rights for gays and lesbians.

1999-JUN

bulletGovernment: President Clinton issues proclamation for national "Gay and Lesbian Pride Month."

1999-MAY

bulletGovernment: New Hampshire law prohibiting gay and lesbian adoptions was repealed
bulletGovernment: Gays and lesbians win equal spousal rights in Ontario

1999-JAN

bulletGovernment: Immense victory for human rights in Canada

1998-NOV

bulletGovernment: Supporting U.S. federal anti-hate crime law

1998-JUN

bulletGovernment: Senator Lott vs. Homosexuality

1998-APR

bulletCivil Rights: Gay Teacher appeals to Supreme Court of Canada

1998-FEB

bulletCivil rights: Equal rights in Maine and Missouri

1998-JAN

bulletGovernment: Democratic National Convention requires gay and lesbian delegates

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1997-DEC

bulletCivil rights: Gay and lesbian couples adopting children
bulletCivil rights: Canadian mayor refuses to proclaim Gay Pride Week
bulletReligion: Mickey Mouse Anti-Gay Protest

1997-NOV

bulletGovernment: Danish Church Accepts Gay & Lesbian Marriages
bulletCivil Rights: Gay Civil Rights Case in Alberta, Canada
bulletGovernment: President Clinton Speaks to "Human Rights Campaign

1997-OCT

bulletGovernment: Clinton Selects Gay Nominees
bulletGovernment: Britain Eases Immigration for Gay Partners

1997-SEP

bulletCivil Rights: Growing Acceptance of Homosexuality in China

1997-AUG

bulletMental Health: American Psychological Association and Gay Conversion Therapy
bulletMedia: Gay Character Appears Again in Comic Strip

1997-JUL

bulletCivil Rights: Canadian Province Recognizes Gay Partnerships

1997-JUN

bulletPride: President Clinton Greets Gay and Lesbian Pride Celebration
bulletEqual Rights: British Columbia may Recognize Same-sex Couples

1997-MAY

bulletGathering: Christian Lesbians Out (CLOUT) Gathering
bulletReligion: Roman Catholic Church Boycotts "Dignity"
bulletReligion: Cyprus Debates Legalization of Homosexual Behavior
bulletEqual Rights: Fallout From the US Supreme Court's "Romer" Decision

1997-APR

bulletFunding Cuts: Anti-Gay Funding Cuts in Charlotte NC
bulletEqual Rights: Advertisement in "Honolulu Advertiser"
bulletBoycotting: Religious Right Boycotts American Airlines
bulletEqual Rights: ACLU Targets Chicago Boy Scouts of America
bulletCivil Rights: Regressive Legislation in North Dakota
bulletReligion: Roman Catholic Church Urges Acceptance of Gays
bulletOuting: "Ellen" update

1997-MAR

bulletEqual Rights: Gay/Lesbian Rights Bill in New Hampshire
bulletReligion: Peaceful Protest at Anti-gay Conference in Phoenix
bulletReligion: Presbyterian Church Rejects Inclusiveness
bulletEqual Rights: Anti-Hate Law Upheld

1997-FEB

bulletHomophobia: Homophobia in Namibia
bulletEqual Rights: German Lutherans Approve Blessing for Gay Partners
bulletEqual Rights: Government list of 1049 federal laws affecting married couples
bulletGay Bashing: "Army of God" claims they bombed Gay bar in Atlanta
bulletEqual Rights: Amnesty International advocate decriminalization of homosexual behavior
bulletReligion: Episcopals meet Fundamentalists in Philadelphia
bulletEqual Rights: The Gay Rights Agenda and Status
bulletReligion: First Gay and Lesbian Mass in Rochester NY

1997-JAN

bulletOuting: Ellen planning to come out of the closet
bulletMedia: First lesbian kiss on TV
bulletEducation: School film teaches tolerance
bulletPolitics: Letter from Mel White to President Clinton on Inauguration Day
bulletCourts: Supreme Court Limits Homophobic Picketing

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1996-DEC

bulletEqual Rights: Same-sex marriages legalized in Hawaii
bulletCivil Rights: Caning for Gays & Lesbians in Malaysia
bulletReligion: Gays & Lesbians rediscover Christmas
bulletEqual Rights: Same-sex benefits required by San Francisco
bulletOuting: Massive outing in Britain
bulletBoycott: Romanian boycott planned
bulletCivil Rights: South African Constitution

1996-NOV

bulletEmployment: Diversity statement by the State of Illinois
bulletEmployment: Diversity statement by Chrysler
bulletGay Bashing: "Jenny Jones" TV show: homophobia ignored
bulletHomophobia: "Ellen" Show under attack by American Family Assoc.
bulletFreedom of Speech: Furor over high school article
bulletObituary: Evelyn Hooker Dies
bulletGay Ordination: Church of England holds gay and lesbian service
bulletGay Bashing: Gay former student wins discrimination case
bulletGay Bashing: Gay-bashing victim wins large settlement
bulletEqual Rights: Anti-gay law declared unconstitutional
bulletFreedom of Association: High school gay-lesbian-straight support group

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Sources

We obtain this lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender information from a variety of sources. One of the best is "MEDIAlert!" [TM] (formerly the "GLAAD Media Watch") It is distributed biweekly, free, as a community service. Contact MEDIAction@aol.com to be placed on their distribution list.

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