Before we start, just wanted to note that we’re using Before Common Era (BCE) and Common Era (CE) instead of that BC and AD nonsense that’s not even historically accurate.
And without further ado, a really queer timeline:
Circa 9,600 BCE
—Rock art depecting same-sex sexual situations begins to appear.
Circa 7,000 BCE
—Rock art depicting transgender, intersex, and “third sex” people begins to appear.
Ancient History (3200 BCE – 0)
Circa 2,800 BCE
–A biological male is buried in the traditional style of a woman’s grave outside of present day Prague.
Circa 2419 BCE
—Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum serve together at Overseer of the Royal Manicurist. They may be history’s first recorded same-sex couple.
Circa 630 BCE
—Sappho is born.
Circa 600 BCE
—Sappho and her family are temporarily exiled from Lesbos.
Circa 580 BCE
Circa 470 BCE
–The earliest known depiction of Sappho appears on pottery.
Classical Antiquity (1 – 500 CE)
—May 16: Heliogabalus becomes Emperor of Rome.
—March 11: Heliogabalus is killed by his own Praetorian Guard.
Post-Classical Era (500 – 1500 CE)
Early Middle Ages (500 – 1000 CE)
High Middle Ages (1000 CE – 1250 CE)
Late Middle Ages (1250 – 1500 CE)
—Sun-bin Bong becomes Royal Noble Consort to Crown Prince Munjong of Joseon.
—Sun-bin Bong is demoted to commoner, exiled from the palace, and never heard from again after a trial for several crimes including sleeping with her female servant.
Early Modern Period (1500 – 1774 CE)
The Renaissance (1500 – 1700 CE)
—March 18: Catalina de Erauso disguises herself as a man, escapes the convent, and embarks on a life as a fugitive and adventurer that ultimately takes her to the New World.
—Julie d’Aubigny marries Sieur de Maupin, has an affair with her fencing instructor, and becomes a fugitive from the law.
—Julie d’Aubigny kisses a woman at a ball, and is then challenged to duel three men. She bests all three, and is pardoned by the king because she is a woman.
Age of Enlightenment (1700 – 1774 CE)
—Mother Clap’s Molly House opens.
—February: Mother Clap’s Molly House is raided and shut down.
—September 17: Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben is born.
—Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben is promoted to first lieutenant.
—Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben joins the Petty Court of Hohenzollern-Hechingen.
Modern Age (1774 – 1945 CE)
Age of Revolutions (1774 – 1849 CE)
–Jemima Wilkinson nearly dies of a fever — when she recovers, she claims the identity of the genderless Publick Universal Friend.
—October 13: The Publick Universal Friend gives their first sermon, less than a week after recovering from fever.
–Accused of sodomy at home, Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben agrees to join the Continental Army fighting for independence in America.
—December 1: Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben arrives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
—Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben joins Continental forces at Valley Forge. He immediately beings training the troops, and also changes the entire layout of the camp for more sanitary conditions.
—Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben leads one third of the American forces at the Siege of Yorktown.
—Jeremy Bentham writes an essay entitled “Offences Against Oneself” — arguing that consensual sexual acts between two adults in their own home should not be criminalized.
—Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben serves as president of the Germany Society of America.
—James Barry is likely born in this year.
—November 28: Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben dies on his estate. His lovers William North and John Mulligan are with him.
—George Gordon Byron, at ten years old, inherits the title of Lord Byron and becomes a member of the landed gentry.
—The Publick Universal Friend is taken to court for blasphemy, but the courts rule that blasphemy is not against the law in the United States due to separation of church and state.
—Lord Byron begins writing poetry.
—Lord Byron embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, where he claims to sleep with more than 200 men.
—James Barry begins attending the University of Edinburgh.
—July 8: The White Swan of Vere Street is raided by Bow Street Runners.
—September 27: The Vere Street Coterie are publicly punished by standing in the pillory. A crowd of thousands turns out to throw trash at them.
—March 7: John Hall Hepburn and Thomas White are executed for their involvement in the White Swan of Vere Street.
–The first two cantos of “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage” are published and Lord Byron becomes something of a celebrity.
—James Barry graduates from the University of Ediburgh.
—July 2: James Barry passes the Royal College of Surgeons exam.
—July 6: James Barry is commissioned as a hospital assistant in the British army.
—March 17: Kauikeaouli is born.
—Lord Byron marries Annabella Millbanke.
—December 7: James Barry is promoted to Assistant Surgeon to the Forces.
–Annabella Millbanke publicly separates from Lord Byron amid rumors of incest. Lady Caroline Lamb would soon add rumors of sodomy to the scandals surrounding him.
—James Barry is sent to Cape Town, South Africa.
—April 25: Lord Byron leaves England.
—James Barry is promoted to Colonial Medical Inspector.
—Lord Byron travels to Greece to aid in the fight for Greek independence. He sells Rochdale Manor for 11,250 pounds and opens his coffers to the cause.
—James Barry performs the British Empire’s first Cesarean section where both the child and mother survive.
—April 19: Lord Byron dies.
—Kamehameha III becomes king of Hawai’i at eleven years old.
—November 27: James Barry is promoted to Surgeon to the Forces.
—James Barry is stationed in Mauritius.
—James Barry takes a leave to take care of the ailing Lord Charles Henry Somerset.
–With the death of Lord Somerset, James Barry returns to active duty and is stationed in Jamaica.
—Kamehameha III announces that his lover Kaomi is his ke-lii-ki, or co-ruler.
—James Barry is stationed in Saint Helena.
Victorian Era (1837 – 1901 CE)
—Kamehameha III creates Hawai’i’s first declaration of human rights, and the Edict of Toleration which legalizes Catholicism on the islands.
—Kamehameha III writes Hawai’i’s first constitution.
—James Barry is promoted to Principal Medical Officer and is stationed in the West Indies.
—February: The Paulet Affair occurs, and Kamehameha III ends the occupation of the Hawaiian islands with his diplomatic skills.
—James Barry contracted yellow fever.
—James Barry is cleared for duty once more and stationed in Malta.
—June 14: Rose Cleveland is born.
—Kamehameha III creates a formal judicial system in Hawai’i, and a system of land ownership.
—March 7: Because of this new system, there is a massive redistribution of land that will be known as the Great Māhele.
—August 25 – September 5: Kamehameha III thwarts a French invasion without shedding any blood.
–May 16: James Barry is promoted to Deputy Inspector-General of Hospitals and is stationed in Corfu despite requesting a posting in Crimea.
—Kamehameha III signs a new Hawaiian constitution.
—The Cleveland family moves to the town of Holland Patient, New York.
—May 16: Kamehameha III formally declares his neutrality in the Crimean War.
—October 16: Oscar Wilde is born.
—December 12: Kamehameha III dies.
—September 25: James Barry is promoted to Inspector General of Hospitals and is stationed in Canada.
—July 19: James Barry retires from military service and returns to London.
—Albert Cashier enlists in the Union army.
—Karl Heinrich Ulrichs officially comes out as an “Urning” and declares that his attraction to men is both biological and natural.
—September 1: Roger Casement is born.
—Kamehameha III is reburied in the newly constructed Royal Mausoleum of Hawaii.
—July 25: James Barry dies.
—Karl Heinrich Ulrichs speaks to the German Association of Jurists on behalf of the rights of “Urnings”.
—May 8: Karl-Maria Kertbeny first uses the term “homosexual” in a private letter.
—Karl-Maria Kertbeny publishes pamphlets against the Prussian anti-sodomy law Paragraph 143.
—Oscar Wilde graduates from the Portora Royal School and begins attending Trinity College.
—Oscar Wilde begins attending Magdalen College.
—June 17: Osch-Tisch fights in the Battle of Rosebud.
—November: Oscar Wilde graduates Magdalen College.
—Karl Heinrich Ulrichs publishes his twelfth book and then enters self-imposed exile to Naples.
Machine Age (1880 – 1945 CE)
–A collection of poems by Oscar Wilde is published.
—January 2: Oscar Wilde arrives in the United States to deliver a lecture tour.
—Oscar Wilde‘s Poems receives a second run in publication.
—Oscar Wilde‘s first play, Vera, is produced.
—Mwanga II becomes kabaka of Buganda.
—Roger Casement begins working for the African International Association.
—May 29: Oscar Wilde marries Constance Lloyd.
–With the unmarried Grover Cleveland’s inauguration as President of the United States, Rose Cleveland becomes the First Lady.
—June 5: Oscar Wilde‘s first child, Cyril Wilde, is born.
—January 31: Mwanga II begins the executions of the 30 Christians who will become the Uganda Martyrs.
—Richard von Krafft-Ebing borrows the term “homosexual” from Karl-Maria Kertbeny‘s work and the term begins to enter mainstream usage.
—November 3: Oscar Wilde‘s second child, Vyvyan Wilde, is born.
—Rose Cleveland begins a romantic relationship with Evangeline Marrs Simpson.
—Oscar Wilde publishes The Picture of Dorian Gray.
—December 26: Mwanga II formalizes a treaty with the British and Buganda becomes part of the the British Protectorate of Uganda.
—Oscar Wilde meets Lord Alfred Douglas.
—February 20: Oscar Wilde‘s play Lady Windemere’s Fan debuts.
—Oscar Wilde‘s play A Woman of No Importance debuts.
–The British Protectorate of Uganda formally criminalizes homosexual behavior between men.
—February 14: Oscar Wilde‘s play The Importance of Being Earnest premiers.
—February 18: Lord Queensberry leaves a calling card at a club reading “For Oscar Wilde, posing somdomite.”
—April 3: Oscar Wilde‘s trial against Lord Queensberry for libel begins.
—April 6: Oscar Wilde is arrested on charges of sodomy and gross indecency.
—April 26: Oscar Wilde pleads “not guilty.” The jury fails to reach a verdict.
—May 25: Oscar Wilde is found guilty of sodomy and gross indecency in a second trial.
—July 11: Dorothy Wilde is born.
—November 23: Oscar Wilde is transferred to Reading Gaol. A crowd gathers to spit on him and ridicule him during the transfer.
—May 15: The Scientific-Humanitarian Committee is founded.
—May 18: Oscar Wilde is released from prison.
—July 6: Mwanga II declares war on Britain.
—July 20: Mwanga II is defeated and flees into German East Africa, where he is arrested. He escapes again.
—January 15: Mwanga II attacks the British held Uganda with an army, but is defeated again and exiled.
–The Scientific-Humanitarian Committee begins publishing the “Yearbook for Intermediate Sexual Types”.
—November 30: Oscar Wilde dies.
—Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Marrs Simpson reignite their relationship follow the death of Simpson’s husband.
—Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Marrs Simpson take a trip to Italy.
—Roger Casement is commissioned to investigate the human rights situation in the Congo.
—Gertrude Pridgett marries William Rainey. Together they form a troupe called the Alabama Fun Makers Company.
—Roger Casement‘s Casement Report is published. The Belgian Parliament forces an inquiry into the allegations of human rights abuses in its contents.
—Oscar Wilde‘s letter to Alfred Douglas is partially published under the title De Profundis.
—Roger Casement publishes a report on human rights abuses by the Peruvian Amazon Company.
—Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Marrs Simpson move to Italy.
—Albert Cashier is hit by an automobile. During treatment, the secret of his biological sex is discovered, though his doctor keeps it a secret. Albert is forced to move into the Soldiers and Sailors Home in Quincy, Illinois.
—Albert Cashier‘s biological sex is discovered again, and this time it is not kept secret.
World War I Era (1914 – 1918 CE)
—Dorothy Wilde goes to Paris to drive ambulances. She begins a relationship with Marion “Joe” Carstairs.
—Roger Casement attempts to coordinate an alliance between Germany and various Irish independence groups. He also attempts to negotiate the freedom of 2,000 Irish prisoners of war.
—October 10: Albert Cashier dies due to an injury received by tripping over his skirt. Those who served with him ensured he received an official Grand Army of the Republic funeral and was buried in full military honors.
—Ma Rainey and William Rainey separate.
—April 9: Roger Casement leaves Germany for Ireland, hoping to at least delay the Easter Rising.
—April 21: Roger Casement arrives in Ireland, ill, and is swiftly arrested.
—August 3: Roger Casement is hanged at Pentonville Prison.
—November 22: Rose Cleveland dies.
–An investigation into homosexual activity within the Naval personnel stationed in Newport, Rhode Island begins.
The Roaring Twenties (1920 – 1929 CE)
—Stormé DeLarverie is born. The exact date is unknown, but she will go on to celebrate her birthday every December 24.
—July 21: The U.S. Senate Committee on Naval Affairs officially renounces the tactics used in the Newport investigation.
—Ma Rainey is arrested for “running an indecent party” — a lesbian orgy. Bessie Smith pays her bail.
—Alfred Kinsey publishes “An Introduction to Biology”.
—Dorothy Wilde begins a relationship with Natalie Clifford Barnes.
—Ma Rainey records and releases “Prove It On Me Blues” — a scandalous song about lesbianism. This is also Ma Rainey’s final year recording for Paramount Records.
–Kurt Hiller takes over as chairman of the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee.
Great Depression Era (1929 – 1939 CE)
—April 2: Dante Gill is born.
—September 1: Evangeline Marrs Simpson dies.
–June 10: Ken Togo is born.
–The Nazis destroy the Institute for Sexual Sciences in Berlin — the headquarters of the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee. The group disbands.
—October 24: Ronnie Kray and his twin brother are born.
World War II Era (1939 – 1945 CE)
—September 3: Britain declares war on Germany.
—September 4: Alan Turing reports for duty at the Government Code & Cipher School in Bletchley Park.
The Forties (1940 – 1949 CE)
—April 10: Dorothy Wilde passes away.
—February 14: Griselda Blanco is born.
–Allied forces invade Sicily, storing munitions in the Addaura Cave. Some of the stored ammunition explodes, exposing previously undiscovered prehistoric rock art.
—March 27: Willem Arondeus leads the bombing of the Amsterdam Public Records Office, in order to hinder Nazi efforts to root out Jews in the area.
—July 1: Willem Arondeus is executed by Nazis.
—Alan Turing begins working on the Automatic Computing Engine (ACE).
—August 24: Marsha P. Johnson is born.
Contemporary Era (1945 – present)
—October 1: Ewa Kłobukowska is born.
—Alfred Kinsey publishes “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male”.
—March 1: Danny Garvin is born.
The Fifties (1950 – 1959 CE)
—February: Joseph McCarthy announces he has a list of Communists working in the Federal government — the list includes two homosexuals. The Red Scare and the Lavender Scare begin.
–Robbie Ross’s ashes are placed in Oscar Wilde‘s tomb.
—July 2: Sylvia Rivera is born.
—October 8: Christine Jorgensen — partially through a series of gender confirmation surgeries in Europe — writes a letter to friends in the United States expressing how happy she is to be transitioning.
—March 31: Regina v. Turing and Murray goes to trial. Alan Turing is convicted, stripped of his security clearance, and put on probation and forced into hormonal treatment.
—December 1: The New York Daily News puts Christine Jorgensen on its front cover, with the headline “Ex-GI Becomes Blonde Bombshell: Operations Transform Bronx Youth”.
–Jole Bovio Marconi publishes her findings on the prehistoric rock art in the Addaura Cave. She believes one of the pictures is a homoerotic image.
—Alan Turing completes a chess program for computers. The technology to run the program doesn’t exist, so he demonstrates with an actual chessboard.
—Alfred Kinsey publishes “Sexual Behavior in the Human Female”.
—August: Carlett Angianlee Brown was scheduled to meet with Dr. Christian Hamburger in Berlin during this month — however, her plans went awry.
—April: Dale Olson — using the alias Curtis White — appears on an episode of “Confidential File” to defend homosexuality. It is the first time any LGBTQ+ appears on television to do so.
—June 7: Alan Turing dies of cyanide poisoning.
—Stormé DeLarverie begins touring as the MC for Jewel Box Revue.
—The Florida Legislative Investigation Committee begins a localized Lavender Scare to drive homosexuals out of state universities.
—Craig Rodwell moves to New York City.
—May: Cooper’s Do-nut Riot.Cops attempt to arrest five LGBTQ individuals at Cooper’s Do-nuts in Los Angeles — when one of them objects to having five people shoved in the back of one cop car, a riot ensues.
The Sixties (1960 – 1969 CE)
—January 31: Charlie Howard is born.
—Jackie Shane moves to Toronto and becomes an instant legend in the developing R&B scene. Her first recordings are published — including “Any Other Way.”
—Craig Rodwell dates Harvey Milk.
—Marsha P. Johnson moves to New York City.
–The shared tomb of Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum is discovered by Egyptologist Ahmed Moussa.
–As part of the Florida Lavender Scare, the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee publishes the “Purple Pamphlet”.
—Dante “Tex” Gill turns to a full-time life of crime.
—July: The Sunday Mirror publishes an article implying Ronnie Kray is in a sexual relationship with Lord Robert John Graham Boothby. Though the story is silenced, Ronnie Kray becomes virtually untouchable for his criminal activities.
—September 19: Craig Rodwell, Randy Wicker, Jefferson Poland, and Renee Cafiero lead a prostest against the US military’s exclusion of homosexuals.
—October: Ewa Kłobukowska competes as a sprinter in the Olympics, earning a gold and bronze medals.
—April 17 & 18: 40 LGBTQ+ activists protest in Washington D.C. in regards to Cuba’s policies on homosexuality. It is — at the time — the largest organized LGBT protest in history. Craig Rodwell leads a simultaneous protest in New York City.
—April 25: A Dewey’s Lunch Counter in Philadelphia refuses to serve LGBTQ+ people — denying service to 150 people in just one day. This sparks a sit-in protest.
—May 2: A second sit-in protest occurs at Dewey’s Lunch Counter.
—July 4: The first of the Annual Reminders is held in Philadelphia.
—Ewa Kłobukowska sets a new world record for the 100 meter sprint.
—April 21: Craig Rodwell, John Timmons, and Dick Leitsch lead a “sip-in” at Julius’, in response to their throwing Rodwell out for wearing a pin that said “Equality for Homosexuals.”
—August: Police attempt to arrest peaceful protesters outside Compton’s Cafeteria in San Francisco. The protest turns into a riot.
—Ewa Kłobukowska competes in the European Championships and earns two gold medals and a silver medal.
—January 1: The Black Cat Tavern is raided by police — the patrons riot.
—February 11: The LBTQ+ communiy of L.A. stages simultaneous protests across the city in response to the Black Cat raid.
—March 17: Danny Garvin is honorably discharged from the Navy.
—Ewa Kłobukowska takes a gender verification test for the European Cup track and field competition. The test reveals her to have an undiagnosed intersex condition.
—November 24: Craig Rodwell opens the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop.
—May: Scotland Yard arrests Reggie and Ronnie Kray.
—June 28: The Stonewall Riots. Police raid the Stonewall Inn — the patrons resist, sparking a multi-night riot on Christopher Street in New York City.
—July 4: The final Annual Reminder takes place in Philadelphia.
–Despite abandoning the specific gender verification test that she failed, the IAAF strips Ewa Kłobukowska of all of her honors.
—Rose Cleveland‘s letters to Evangline Marrs Simpson are donated to the Minnesota Historical Society.
The Seventies (1970 – 1979 CE)
—Ken Togo forms the Miscellaneous People’s Association begins running for office and engaging in public activism.
–The GAA campaigns for sweeping anti-discrimination laws in New York City.
—March 8: Mariasilvia Spolato is photographed carrying a sign that declares she loves a woman — making her the first woman in Italy to publicly come out of the closet. This costs her everything — her job, her home, and her family. She becomes a vagabond.
–The Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop moves its location to the corner of Christopher St and Gay St in New York City.
—June 24: A fire is set at the Upstairs Lounge. The arson attack claims 28 lives, and is the deadliest attack on a gay bar until 2016.
—Sylvia Rivera gives a speech at a Christopher Street Liberation Day rally in New York City.
—February 4: The Olympic Clean Up begins in Montreal.
—Griselda Blanco flees back to Colombia after being indicted on Federal drug charges in the United States.
—Marsha P. Johnson is photographed by Andy Warhol.
—June 19: A demonstration of 300 protesters led by CHAR effectively ends the Olympic Clean Up.
–George Lee is shot to death. Nick Delucia and Dante “Tex” Gill take over his illicit businesses.
—Ken Togo rebrands his magazine “The Ken” into “The Gay” and it becomes a popular queer magazine.
—Rose Cleveland‘s letters to Evangeline Marrs Simpson are made public.
—Craig Rodwell forms the group Gay People in Christian Science.
The Eighties (1980 – 1989 CE)
—Fricke v. Lynch: Aaron Fricke successfully sues for permission to bring Paul Guillbert as his date to prom.
–GPICS attempts to hand out pamphlets at the Annual Meeting of the Church of Christ, Scientist. They are kicked out of the conference, though Craig Rodwell and a handful of others manage to remain behind discreetly.
—Marsha P. Johnson moves in with Randy Wicker.
—June 5: The CDC publishes its first documentation of the disease that will become known as AIDS.
–Chris Madsen is fired from the Christian Science Monitor for being a lesbian.
–September 24: The CDC officially names Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (or AIDS).
—July 7: Charlie Howard is the victim of a terrible hate crime in Bangor, Maine. He is declared dead the next day.
—February 17: Griselda Blanco is arrested by DEA agents in California.
—Dante “Tex” Gill is sentenced to 13 years in prison for under-reporting his income.
—July 21: Dale Olson releases a statement on behalf of his client, Rock Hudson, announcing that Hudson has inoperable liver cancer. However, Dale strongly believes Hudson can bring much needed attention to the AIDS crisis and encourages his client to do so.
—July 25: Thanks to Dale Olson‘s encouragement, Rock Hudson’s French publicist releases a statement acknowledging that Rock Hudson has AIDS. The number of donations made to AIDS research through the rest of this year more than double those donated in the entirety of 1984.
—Dante “Tex” Gill is paroled.
–The documentary Stormé: The Lady of the Jewel Box is released.
The Nineties (1990 – 1999 CE)
—Dung Hà becomes the lover of the influential crime boss Hùng Cốm — her influence in the criminal underworld of Hai Phong grows.
—Althea Garrison runs for the Massachusetts House of Representatives. She wins the election by 437 votes. She is subsequently outed in the Boston Herald by reporter Eric Fehrnstrom.
—Craig Rodwell receives the Lambda Literary Award for Publisher’s Service.
—July 6: Marsha P. Johnson‘s body is found in the Hudson River.
—March: Craig Rodwell sells the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop.
—June 18: Craig Rodwell passes away.
—Dung Hà is arrested. Her lover Phuong leaves her, and her criminal empire begins to fall apart.
—May: Sylvia Rivera attempts suicide in the Hudson River.
—May 17: Ronnie Kray dies of a heart attack.
—Stormé DeLarverie begins her term as vice president of the Stonewall Veterans Association.
—October 6: Matthew Shepard is brutally attacked, tied to a fence and left for dead. He will die six days later.
–Gender verification tests are no longer utilized in sports.
–The Church of Christ, Scientist begins allowing gay and lesbian members.
The Two Thousands (2000 – 2009 CE)
—Stormé DeLarverie‘s term as vice president of the Stonewall Veterans Association ends.
—June: Sylvia Rivera participates in the Millenium March at WorldPride in Rome, Italy.
—Sylvia Rivera restarts STAR.
—February 19: Sylvia Rivera passes away.
–The Ali Forney Center opens in New York City. Danny Garvin is an active volunteer.
—January 8: Dante “Tex” Gill dies.
—June 26: The Supreme Court of the U.S. announces its decision regarding Lawrence v. Texas — deciding that anti-sodomy laws are unconstitutional and officially decriminalizing homosexuality in the United States.
–The Supreme Court of the U.S. rules against Louisiana’s legal definition of “crimes against nature” including “unnatural carnal copulation by a human being with another of the same sex”.
—October 28: The Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr Hate Crime Prevention Act is signed into law by President Barack Obama.
The Tens (2010 – 2019 CE)
—Stormé DeLarverie moves into a nursing home in Brooklyn.
–Excavations at the Prague 6 dig site uncover the grave of a biological male buried in the traditional style of a woman.
–Mariah Lopez successfully convinces law enforcement to re-open the investigation into Marsha P. Johnson‘s death.
—April 1: Ken Togo dies.
—June 7: Stormé DeLarverie is honored by Brooklyn Pride Inc at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture.
—September 5: Griselda Blanco is killed in Medellín, Colombia.
—June 26: The Supreme Court of the U.S. announces its decision regarding the United States v. Windsor — striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act.
—April 24: The Brooklyn Community Pride Center honors Stormé DeLarverie for her bravery and commitment to the queer community.
—May 24: Stormé DeLarverie passes away.
—Sylvia Rivera has her portrait placed in the National Galley at the Smithsonian.
—June 26: The Supreme Court of the U.S. announces its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges — deciding in favor of marriage equality.
—June 12: A mass shooting during Latin night at Pulse in Orlando takes the lives of 49 LGBT+ people and allies and wounds another 58. It is, at the time, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
—June 26: The Supreme Court of the U.S. announces its decision regarding Pavan v. Smith — striking down an Arkansas law that prevented both members of a same-sex couple from having parental rights over their children.
–A twelve foot bronze statue of Kamehameha III is unveiled in Thomas Square.
–“Any Other Way” is nominated for a Grammy — making Jackie Shane a Grammy nominated singer 50 years after she retired from music.
—January 9: Althea Garrison is sworn in to Boston City Council — taking the seat vacated by Ayanna Pressley.