1999 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 1999.

Events[edit]

  • U.S. state of Nevada bans sexual orientation discrimination in the private sector.[1]
  • Ohio governor Bob Taft rescinds a 1984 executive order by then-governor Dick Celeste banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in the public sector.
  • San Jose, California, prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation in the private sector.

February[edit]

  • 15 – Stephen Brady and his partner Peter Stephens became the world's first officially acknowledged gay ambassadorial couple, when Brady, accompanied by Stephens, presented his credentials as Australia's Ambassador to Denmark to Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.[2]
  • 28 – In the United Kingdom, The Queer Youth Alliance is founded, the first such "youth-led" gay rights organisation.

March[edit]

  • 29 – In New Zealand, immigration law changes approved by the cabinet in 1998 allow gay and lesbian couples the same rights as straight de facto couples applying for permanent residency under the relationship category. Prior to the change, gay and lesbian couples spent twice as long waiting for residency than straight couples. Scott Fack and Noel Turner were the "poster boys" for this change through the gay media, including Express Newspaper and the Queer Nation television show.

September[edit]

  • 14 – Iowa governor Tom Vilsack issues an executive order prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the public sector.[3]
  • 27 – The European Court for Human Rights rules that the United Kingdom's ban on gay military personnel is a breach of human rights, although the court does not have the power to unilaterally lift the ban.[4]

October[edit]

  • 2 – California governor Gray Davis signs three gay rights bills into law. The first outlaws harassment of homosexual students and teachers in the state's public schools. The second creates a new state-wide domestic partnership registry. The third outlaws job and housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.[5]
  • 13 – In France, the National Assembly grants unwed mixed- and same-sex couples the same rights as married couples.
  • 15 – The Washington Times reports claims George W. Bush ensured conservative supporters that he would not "knowingly" appoint any homosexuals as ambassadors or department heads in his administration if elected president.
  • 22 – Boeing begins offering domestic partner health benefits.
  • 27

November[edit]

  • 1 – Nancy Katz becomes the first openly-lesbian judge in the U.S. state of Illinois.
  • 3 – Aaron McKinney found guilty of murdering Matthew Shepard. He is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison.

December[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Current Issues
  2. ^ scotsgay
  3. ^ "Executive Orders of Governor Tom Vilsak". State Library of Iowa. January 2, 2009. Retrieved July 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Military ban on gays deemed unlawful". The Advocate. November 9, 1999. p. 16. 
  5. ^ "Setting the standard". The Advocate. November 9, 1999. p. 12. 
  6. ^ Littleton v. Prange, No. 04-99-00010-CV
  7. ^ "Muted welcome to gay couples decision". Independent Online. December 2, 1999. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  8. ^ Baehr v. Miike, No. 20371 (Hawaii Supreme Court December 9, 1999).
  9. ^ Baker v. Vermont, 744 A.2d 864 (Vermont Supreme Court December 20, 1999).