The Two Thousands (2000 – 2009 CE)

2000

  • Althea Garrison runs for Massachusetts House of Representatives.
  • Sylvia Rivera attends World Pride in Italy.
  • September 9: Dung Hà‘s new Saigon gang interrupts a rival gang’s business. Leaders of that gang take a hit out on her, and she is assassinated less than a month later.

2001

2002

  • February 19: Sylvia Rivera passes away.
  • It becomes a tradition to place a wreath on Karl-Maria Kertbeny‘s grave during LGBT+ celebrations in Hungary.
  • Sylvia Rivera dies of liver cancer.
  • Althea Garrison runs for the Massachusetts state Senate.

2003

  • The city of New Orleans dedicates a plaque to memorialize the victims of the Upstairs Lounge fire.
  • 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.

2004

  • “See See Rider Blues”, by Ma Rainey, is inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and is added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.
  • The case Fricke v. Lynch is cited in a court case against Murray High School.

2005

  • A historical marker is placed in Philadelphia at the site of the Annual Reminders.
  • 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”.
  • Althea Garrison runs for Boston City Council.

2006

2008

  • Dale Olson marries his partner of more than 30 years Eugene Harbin.

2009

  • Althea Garrison runs for Boston City Council.
  • October 28: The Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr Hate Crime Prevention Act is signed into law by President Barack Obama.