LGBTQ* History (You Might Not Know)
Homosexuality has been LEGAL in Illinois since 1962.
Let’s break this down a little bit more:
When the Stonewall Riots broke out in New York City, Illinois was the ONLY state in the entire United States where you had any type of protections.
Illinois is also also home for Harry Gerber and the first Gay and Lesbian rights organization in the United States, the Society for Human Rights (SHR).
Picture Source (above) : Wikipedia
Picture Source (Gerber) : Wikipedia
LGBTQ* (USA) Politics You May Have Missed
LGBTQ* Same-Sex Couples Dropped from Immigration Reform Bill This Week
If you haven’t heard, LGBTQ*individuals were dropped from equal protections under the newest immigration bill to move through congress. It is speculated that this was done to gain favor with more conservative members of Congress.
From the Washington Post:
“Today it became clear that our so-called ‘friends’ don’t have the courage or the spine to stand up for what’s right,” Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez, co-director of the social-justice organization GetEQUAL, said.
The team at KNOWhomo will do their best to continue to update our family and friends on the progression of this bill. In the mean time, remember, if you are able to vote, it also means your voice is important to your state representatives. Send a message with sincere thoughts and feelings to your local representative and express your right to share your need for equal representation.
LGBTQ* Inforgraphic and Map Sites You SHOULD Know
Photos above highlight different indexes you can explore on the map. Scrolling over each state (while on the site) will lead you to local political offices and share state information with you.
Trans* and Gender Equality Marketing
Graphic from the NYC Commission on Human Rights
PDF: Gender Identity Discrimination NYC Human Rights Law publication
PDF: Defending Your Rights NYC Human Rights, compiled by Columbia Law School
LGBTQ* History You Should Know
When people claim “the homosexual agenda is trying to change laws all over the world,” kindly tell them that attitudes and educational thought have reversed laws criminalizing homosexuals for almost 220 years.
Country Decriminalized Homosexuality in (Year)
Kingdom of Prussia Removes death penalty from sodomy charges (1794)
Netherlands Decriminalizes homosexuality (1811)
Indonesia Decriminalizes homosexuality (1811)
Brazil Decriminalizes homosexuality (1830)
Portugal Decriminalizes homosexuality (1852)
Ottoman Empire (Turkey) Decriminalizes homosexuality (1858)
**1869, “Homosexuality” is first used in print. Prior to this everything is referred to as sodomy.**
Empire of Japan Decriminalizes homosexuality (1880)
Italy Legalizes homosexuality (1889)
Poland Moves age of consent to 15y/o for everyone (1932)
Uruguay Decriminalizes homosexuality (1934)
Iceland Decriminalizes homosexuality (1940)
Switzerland Decriminalizes homosexuality (1942)
Sweden Decriminalizes homosexuality (1944)
Greece Decriminalizes homosexuality (1951)
Thailand Decriminalizes homosexuality (1956)
Czechoslovakia Decriminalizes homosexuality (1961)
Hungary Decriminalizes homosexuality (1961)
Illinois, United States Becomes the FIRST state to decriminalize sodomy (1961)
Israel Decriminalizes homosexuality (1963)
England and Wales Decriminalizes homosexuality (1967)
Canada Decriminalizes homosexuality (1969)
West Germany Decriminalizes homosexuality (1969)
Austria Decriminalizes homosexuality (1971)
Costa Rica Decriminalizes homosexuality (1971)
Finland Decriminalizes homosexuality (1971)
Colorado, USA Decriminalizes homosexuality (1971)
Oregon, USA Decriminalizes homosexuality (1971)
Idaho, USA Decriminalizes homosexuality and then reinstates it
due to outspoken anger from Catholics and Mormons (1971)
Sweden Becomes first country to allow gender marker change (1972)
USA DSM removes homosexuality from mental disorder (1973)
Malta Legalizes homosexuality (1973)
California, USA Legalizes homosexuality (1975)
Australian Capitol Territory Legalizes homosexuality (1976)
Slovenia Legalizes homosexuality (1977)
Vojvodina Legalizes homosexuality (1977)
Croatia Legalizes homosexuality (1977)
Montenegro Legalizes homosexuality (1977)
Quebec, Canada First major metropolitan city to make sexual orientation
discrimination illegal. Offers job security (1977)
Cuba Decriminalizes homosexuality (1979)
Spain Decriminalizes homosexuality (1979)
Victoria, Australia Decriminalizes homosexuality (1981)
Colombia Decriminalizes homosexuality (1981)
Northern Ireland Decriminalizes homosexuality (1982)
Wisconsin, USA First state to offer sexual orientation protection (1982)
(the last 30 years, part 2, will be posted at a later date)
LGBTQ* Equality in the United States of America
DID YOU KNOW? —
(Yes, you can be fired for being LGBTQ* in the workplace.)
29 States DO NOT Offer Protection To Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual* Employees.
35 States DO NOT Offer Protection To Trans* Employees.
ONLY 15 STATES (!) ban discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.
(picture from blogger: buckmire )