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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender (LGBT) topics
News culled from the
media: 1996 until now
||"The center is shifting because millions of 'Dick Cheneys,'
people in the middle who might prefer not to think about the rights of
gays and lesbians, one day see the issue indelibly stamped with the
faces of their daughters, sons, neighbors and friends."
Margorie Williams, 2000-OCT-13, Washington Post. 1
This section records important political and legal developments since 1996 in what has been called "the LGBT agenda" --
i.e. working towards:
||Achieving equality for persons of all three sexual orientations (heterosexuality,
homosexuality and bisexuality) in areas of employment, accommodation, freedom from assault, equal access to marriage, etc.
||Acceptance of all three sexual orientations as normal, natural, unchosen and fixed human variations among adults.
||Acceptance of all gender identities (cisgender, transgender, etc.) as normal, natural, unchosen and fixed human variations among adults.
This web site is aimed primarily at North American visitors. Howewever, we have included Canadian news affecting the LGBT community. There are many major developments "north
of the border" which may indicate the direction that the U.S. is headed in the future. Also included are some developments in the rest of the world.
General lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual (LGBT) news during:
Developments from 2011 until early 2015:
The Obama administration noted in 2011-FEB, that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) had been declared unconstitutional by two federal courts. The Justice Deparment decided to no longer defend the act's constitutionality against court challenges.
Some commentators at the time predicted that this action would form a tipping point in the movement towards LGBT equality, and that developments towards equal treatment would accellerate. The prediction came true:
By the end of 2013, same-sex marriage (SSM) had become available in 18 states and the District of Columbia.
By the end of 2014 the number had risen to 35 states and DC.
During 2015-JUN, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case Obergefell v. Hodges that legalized gay marriage (a.k.a. same-sex marriage) across the entire United States, with the exception of American Samoa.
Having lost the battle to prevent marriage equality, many anti-LGBT religious groups immediately switched to attacking the rights of transgender individuals. That battle continues today.
It may be worth noting that whenever a conflict over equality sweeps the U.S., that equal rights eventually win. This has happened in the past with the elimination of slavery, allowing profoundly deaf couples to marry, allowing women to vote, reducing racial discrimination, and allowing same-sex couples to marry. It is likely that transgender individuals will also attain equality in the future.
We have documented events showing a movement towards equality during:
Developments from mid-2015 until now:
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