1969: A National Institute of Mental Health study, chaired by Dr. Evelyn Hooker, urges government bodies to decriminalize private sex acts between consenting adults.
1985: Movie star and matinée idol Rock Hudson dies of AIDS in Los Angeles at age 59.
1999: California governor Gray Davis signs three gay rights bills into law. The first outlaws harassment of homosexual students and teachers in the state’s public schools. The second creates a new state-wide domestic partnership registry. The third outlaws job and housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.