1998 in LGBT rights

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This is a list of notable events in the history of LGBT rights that took place in the year 1998.

Events[edit]

February[edit]

  • 10 – Voters in the US state of Maine reject a law enacted in 1997 banning sexual orientation discrimination in the private sector with 51.5 percent against.[1]

May[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

  • 3
  • 20 – In the U.S. state of Texas, John Lawrence and Tyrone Garner are fined US$125 each after being arrested for having sex in their home. They refuse to pay the fine, resulting in a challenge of the Texas sodomy law which would eventually lead to the 2003 nationwide repeal of sodomy laws in Lawrence v. Texas.
  • 23 – The Supreme Court of the U.S. state of Georgia rules 6 to 1 to invalidate that state's sodomy law.
  • 28 – In Allston, Massachusetts, transgender woman of color Rita Hester is murdered. The ensuing candlelight vigil a few days later was attended by 250 people and inspired the Transgender Day of Remembrance, observed each Nov 20 worldwide.

December[edit]

  • 1 – Officials in Miami, Florida, vote 7–6 to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment and housing.
  • 18 – The Maryland Court of Appeals rules that a parent's access to his or her children cannot be restricted due to his or her sexual orientation.
  • 22 – In New Zealand, Minister of Immigration Tuariki Delamere announces equality for gay and lesbian couples applying for permanent residency, to take effect on March 29, 1999.
  • 23 - In Chile, the National Congress decriminalized sodomy.[8]

Deaths[edit]

  • October 12 – Matthew Shepard, 21, gay-bashing victim
  • November 28 – Rita Hester, transgender murder victim
  • November 30 – Simon Nkoli, South African gay-rights and anti-apartheid activist

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Emmet Meara (May 27, 1999). "Gay Alliance seeks 2000 vote on discrimination". Sun Journal. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ Marina Yannakoudakis (October 20, 2011). "North Cyprus still criminalises gay community". Public Service Europe. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ "1998-05-28 Statement on Amendment to EEO Executive Order". May 28, 1998. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ Abel v. United States of America, 97-6205 (United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit September 23, 1998).
  5. ^ Irwin, Julie (October 14, 1998). "Law denying gay protection stands". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved January 3, 2009. 
  6. ^ Mayhead and DeVore Marshall, p. 101
  7. ^ General Election 1998, Hawaii Office of Elections, November 3, 1998, retrieved July 6, 2010 
  8. ^ http://www.ageofconsent.com/chile.htm

References[edit]

  • Mayhead, Molly A. and Brenda DeVore Marshall (2005). Women's Political Discourse: A 21st-century Perspective. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 0-7425-2909-6.