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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 have been many major developments "north of the border." Canada made marriage available to same-sex couples in mid 2005.

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

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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