Though police raids on gay bars were common in the 60s, on June 28,patrons of New York's Inn said "enough.
Within six months, two gay activist organizations were formed in N. Harvey Milk poses in front of his camera shop in San Francisco, Nov. Milk became one of the first openly gay men elected to public office in the United States when he won a seat on the board of supervisors in An outspoken advocate for gay rights, he urged others to come out and fight for their rights. He was assassinated at City Hall, more than a year later.
Starting ingay advocacy groups began to form to talk about how the government was handling the AIDS crisis, and how the disease had been linked with homosexuals. President Bill Clinton in Homosexual rights timeline maker in Nov.
InClinton's "don't ask, don't tell" policy prevented gays from openly serving in the military. President Barack Obama repealed the policy in Ratings dropped after, and the show was cancelled.
Shepard, a year-old college student, was beaten by two other men, outside Laramie, Wyo. He died less than a week after the attack. Federal hate crime legislation approved in bears Shepard's name.
Susan Murray, left, and Homosexual rights timeline maker Robinson watch the start of the debate on same sex marriage in Montpelier, Vt. The two lawyers brought a lawsuit before the Vermont Supreme Court that led the state to be the first to allow same-sex civil unions.
The state approved same-sex marriage in O'Donnell announced her wedding plans just two days after U. Bush called for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.