1975: Kennedy’s Children, by gay playwright Robert Patrick, opens on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre. It runs for 72 performances.
1975: The Wall Street Journal runs a front page story on the growing influence and success of The Advocate, the nation’s leading gay publication.
1992: In Colorado, 53 percent of voters approve Amendment 2, an initiative banning state and municipal rights ordinances for lesbians and gay men. “Family values” organizations in more than 35 states begin campaigning for similar propositions. In Oregon, voters reject Measure 9, an initiative similar to Amendment 2.
1998: Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) is elected to the United States House of Representatives. She is the first open lesbian and the first non-incumbent gay candidate to be elected to federal office.
1998: Voters in Hawaii approve Amendment 2, giving the Hawaii State Legislature the power to restrict marriage to mixed-sex couples.
1999: Aaron McKinney is found guilty of murdering Matthew Shepard. He is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison.
2009: Washington voters approve Referendum 71 to uphold the state’s “everything but marriage” domestic partnership law with 53% of the vote.
2009: Maine voters repeal the state’s marriage equality law by 53%.