April - The American Psychiatric Association's diagnostic manual lists homosexuality as a sociopathic personality disturbance. All pupils have a right to LGBT education. March 23, - Trump rescinds his previous policy to allow a new policy to take effect that will likely disqualify most transgender people from serving in the US military. The policy is known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell. It is the first documented gay rights organization. I don't think it's just me.
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November 30, - President Bill Clinton signs a military policy directive that prohibits openly gay and lesbian Americans from serving in the military, but also prohibits the harassment of "closeted" homosexuals. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. September 6, - The California legislature becomes the first to pass a bill allowing marriage between same-sex couples. May 15, - The California Supreme Court rules in re: October- Matthew Shepard is tied to a fence and beaten near Laramie, Wyoming. Stand-up comedian and actress Wanda Sykes announced her sexual orientation -- and her marriage -- in at a rally for gay marriage.
August 14, - Christine Hallquist wins the Democratic primary in the Vermont governor's race, becoming the first openly transgender gubernatorial candidate for a major party. May 17, - The Senate confirms Eric Fanning to be secretary of the Army, making him the first openly gay secretary of a US military branch. Bollywood steps in the right direction with first lesbian romance Sharan Dhaliwal. July 26, - President Donald Trump announces via Twitter that "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US Military Another country singer, Billy Gilman, also came out after being inspired by Herndon, posting a message to YouTube.