From death for homosexuality, to legalisation to same-sex marriage: A timeline of homosexual rights throughout the world
Middle Ages: Homosexuality was punishable in Europe up to varying degrees, including cutting off testicles, burning, or death.
Netherlands became the first country to legalise homosexuality.
1835: Britain - Last known execution performed for homosexual activity.
1861: England criminalises homosexuality; law applies to India as well since it is part of the British empire. This law continues to exist in India today.
1895: Oscar Wilde prosecuted for "gross indecency" and sentenced to two years hard labour in prison.
1897: George Cecil Ives organizes the first homosexual rights group in England, the Order of Chaeronea.
1910: Anarchist Emma Goldman first begins speaking publicly in favor of homosexual rights.
1917: Russia decriminalises homosexuality.
1924: The first homosexual rights organization in America is founded.
1930s and 1940s: Several Scandinavian countries decriminalise homosexuality.
1961: Czechoslovakia and Hungary decriminalize sodomy. The Vatican declares that anyone who is "affected by the perverse inclination" towards homosexuality should not be allowed to take religious vows.
1966: Lilli Vincenz becomes the first lesbian to appear on the cover of a magazine with her face showing.
1967: Homosexuality is decriminalised in England and Wales.
1969: The Stonewall riots occur in New York. This becomes a flashpoint and is now regarded as a key moment in the battle for gay rights around the world.
1971: Homosexuality is decriminalised in most Western European nations.
1972: Sweden becomes the first country to allow transgenders to perform sex change operations.
1973: The American Psychiatric Association removes homosexuality from its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
1979: The first national homosexual rights march is held, on Washington DC.
1980: The United States Democratic Party becomes the first major political party in the US to endorse a homosexual rights platform plank.
1988: Sweden is the first country to pass laws protecting homosexual regarding social services, taxes, and inheritances.
1989: Denmark becomes the first country in the world to enact registered partnership laws for same-sex couples, with most of the same rights as marriage.
1992: WHO says homosexuality is not an illness.
1993: Norway allows gay civil unions.
1996: the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is passed in the US allowing states to refuse recognition to same-sex marriages performed in other states.
1998: South Africa ends ban on gay people in the military.
2001: Netherlands becomes the first country in the world to officially recognise same-sex marriage.
2002: South Africa allows same-sex adoption. China decriminalises homosexuality.
2003: Belgium allows same-sex marriages.
2004: Several US states ban same-sex marriage. Australia also officially bans it.
2005: Canada and Spain allow same-sex marriage.
2006: South Africa allows same-sex marriage.
2007: Nepal decriminalises homosexuality.
2008: The US state of California allows same-sex marriage for the first time in the US.
2009: Sweden and Norway allow same-sex marriage. Delhi HC decriminalises homosexuality.
2010: Portugal, Iceland and Argentina allow same-sex marriage. Don't Ask Don't Tell repealed in US, allowing gay people in the US military.
2011: Elio Di Rupo, first openly-gay male head of government, becomes Prime Minister of Belgium. New York allows same-sex marriage.
2012: Denmark allows same-sex marriage. Several US states legalise gay marriage in late 2012-early 2013.
2013: England and Wales pass laws allowing same-sex marriage. New Zealand, Brazil and France allow same-sex marriage.
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