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The State of LGBTQ+ Rights in Maryland
C.P. Hoffman, the Legal Director of FreeState Justice, explains where Maryland is in terms of civil rights and protections for its LGBTQ+ residents.
Henry Gerber founds the Society for Human Rights, the first gay rights organization in the United States. Published the earliest-documented homosexual periodical, Friendship and Freedom.
The Mattachine Society, the first national gay rights organization in the U.S. is formed.
The American Psychiatric Association lists homosexuality as a sociopathic personality disturbance.
President Dwight Eisenhower signs Executive Order 10450, banning homosexuals from working for the federal government or any of its private contractors. Part of the “Lavender Scare”, a concerted effort to drive LGBTQ+ people out of government and public life, strongly influenced by Senator Joseph McCarthy.
The Daughters of Bilitis, the first national lesbian rights organization, is formed.
Illinois becomes the first U.S. state to decriminalize homosexuality.
Compton’s Cafeteria Riot
The American Psychological Association (APA) stops recognizing homosexuality as a mental disorder.
Lambda Rising, first LGBT bookstore in Washington DC, opens.
AIDS Memorial Quilt laid on National Mall first time.
ACT UP protests at the National Institute of Health for equitable medication and healthcare.
Maryland passes Antidiscrimination Act of 2001, granting protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is overturned.
Same-sex marriage is legalized in Maryland.
“Gender Identity Disorder” is renamed to the less stigmatizing “Gender Dysphoria” with the release of the DSM-5.
Maryland passes the Fairness for All Marylanders Act (2014), expanding Maryland’s antidiscrimination laws to include protections for gender identity and expression.
Maryland General Assembly passes law allowing ID changes consistent with gender identity.
Supreme Court guarantees marriage equality nationwide.
President Obama designates Stonewall National Monument.
Moonlight wins Oscar for Best Picture.
Conversion Therapy on minors is banned in Maryland.
Inaugural Annapolis Pride Parade and festival held on June 29.
National and state legislation passes for inclusive genders on state IDs (NH), banning conversion therapy for minors (VA), banning "gay panic" defenses (WA), extension of federal job protection (Supreme Court), and same-sex marriage protection (NV).
President Joe Biden signs an executive order hours after Inauguration to expand protection from discrimination on the basis of sex to include sexuality, gender identity, and sex stereotypes.
President Joe Biden signs an executive order ending the ban on service of transgender people in the military.