1975: The US Civil Service Commission decides to consider applications by lesbians and gay men on a case-by-case basis. Previously, homosexuality was grounds for automatic disqualification.
1978: Actor James Daly, father of actors Tyne Daly and Timothy Daly, dies at the age of 59. His live-in lover, male model Randal G. Jones, files a “palimony” suit against the estate after being evicted from Daly’s Marina Del Rey condominium by the family.
1981: “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals” is the first story in The New York Times about the mysterious disease that will later be named AIDS. The CDC initially refers to the disease as GRID, Gay Related Immune Deficiency Disorder.