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Jun. 20th, 2006 | 11:44 pm

1910: Emma Goldman speaks about gay rights

1924: The first gay rights organization is formed! It was founded in Chicago and is called the Society for Human Rights

1932: The new criminal code in Poland discriminates against homosexuality in Poland

1944: Sweden discriminates again homosexuality

1954: June 7th, 1954, Alan Turing dies from cyanide poisoning after 18 months of being given libido reducing hormone treatment for a year as punishment for coming out

1958: The Homosexual Law Reform Society is founded in the United Kingdom

1962: Illinois becomes the first U.S. state to remove sodomy law from its criminal code

1969: Homosexual behavior legalized in Canada

1970: The first gay pride parade ever, held in New York City

1974: Kathy Kozachenko becomes the first openly gay or lesbian American elected to public office

1979: first national gay rights march on Washington, DC

1981: Moral majority starts an anti-gay crusade. Norway becomes the first country to enact a law to prevent discrimination against homosexuals

1989: Denmark is first country in the world to enact registered partnership laws for same-sex couples.

1993: third gay rights march on Washington, DC

1998: Matthew Shepard is slain.

2004: Same-sex marriage in the United States: Massachusetts legalizes same-sex marriage in May. While 11 other states ban the practice.

2006: Illinois outlaws sexual orientation discrimination. While Washington state adds sexual orientation to existing anti-discrimination laws.



15.6% of hate crimes reported to police in 2004 were based on sexuality

14% were lesbians

2% were heterosexual

1% were bisexual








Matthew Shepard was a huge part of gay history. Not only was his death a great tragedy but it impacted everyone around him, not just his friends and family. But his death hit everyone in the world.



Matthew Shepard was born on December 1, 1976 to Dennis and Judy Peck Shepard. He grew up in Casper, Wyoming, attended Crest Hill Elementary school and Dean Morgan Jr. High. He later attended Catawba College and Casper College before he moved to Denver. After that he became a political science major at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. He would have continued to lead a normal life if it wasn't for the fact that people had a problem with his sexuality. Sometime after midnight on October 7th, 1998, Matthew Shepard met Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney in a bar. Shortly after that Shepard was robbed, severely beaten with a gun, tied to a fence, and left to die. He suffered a fracture to the back of his head and had severe brain stem damage. There were also about a dozen lacerations around his head, face, and neck. He was pronounced dead at 12:53 a.m. 5 days later

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