2012 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 2012.



  • 1 – In the United States, civil union laws take effect in Delaware and Hawaii.[1]
  • 6 – After a judge's ruling, the Brazilian state of Alagoas becomes the first to recognise same-sex marriages.[2]
  • 12 – Civil union laws on the British Isle of Jersey take effect.[3]
  • 20
    • Following a ten-day trial in the United Kingdom, three Muslim men are convicted at Derby Crown Court of inciting hatred on the grounds of sexuality after distributing leaflets calling for gay men to be killed. Two other defendants are acquitted.[4] This was the first such prosecution under hate crime legislation.[5]
    • In the United States, Texas A&M adds sexual orientation and gender identity and expression to the university's non-discrimination policy.[6]



  • 1 — Malaysian High Court Judge Rohana Yusuf rules that police have the power to ban a gay arts festival.[13]
  • 25 — Slovenian voters reject the new family code granting registered same-sex partners all the rights of married couples, except with regards to joint adoptions, that was passed by the then-coalition government.[14]






  • 5: Supreme Court of Mexico unanimously strikes down a same-sex marriage ban in the southern state of Oaxaca, paving the way for same-sex marriages nationally.[22]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Two more states allow same-sex civil unions
  2. ^ http://acapa.virgula.uol.com.br/politica/alagoas-regulamenta-o-casamento-civil-entre-gays-em-todos-os-cartorios-do-estado/2/14/15493
  3. ^ BBC:Jersey recognises civil partnerships
  4. ^ Three Muslim men convicted over gay hate leaflets
  5. ^ Addley, Esther (10 January 2012). "Muslim men accused of hate crime over anti-gay leaflet". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Loftin adds gender identity, expression to A&M nondiscrimination memo
  7. ^ Prop 8 ruling: Same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, federal appeals court rules
  8. ^ Cameroon in 'first' lesbian charges
  9. ^ Liberia’s Senate to consider strengthened anti-gay bill; Cameroon arrests 10 lesbians
  10. ^ Balto. Co. Council approves transgender discrimination ban
  11. ^ Federal judge rules DOMA unconstitutional
  12. ^ Anti-Gay Law Stirs Fears in Russia
  13. ^ Malaysia Court Rejects Appeal of Gay Festival Ban
  14. ^ http://www.turtlebayandbeyond.org/2012/turtle-bay-un/slovenia-says-no-to-same-sex-marriage/
  15. ^ "London transport chiefs ban 'gay cure' bus advert". BBC News. 13 April 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  16. ^ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2012/05/20125942959863200.html
  17. ^ http://moldnews.md/rus/news/48222
  18. ^ http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-05-31/defense-of-marriage-act-unconstitutional-appeals-court-says
  19. ^ "Aplican matrimonios gay en Quintana Roo" (in Spanish). El Informador. Unión Editorialista, S.A. de C.V. 5 June 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  20. ^ "Denmark approves same-sex marriage and church weddings". BBC News. 7 June 2012. 
  21. ^ "Iowa Retains Judge Who Joined Marriage Equality Ruling". The Adovcate. 2012-11-07. 
  22. ^ Brydum, Sunnivie. "Mexico Supreme Court Strikes Down Marriage Ban". Advocate.com. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  23. ^ Conservative publisher, activist Andrew Breitbart dies in Los Angeles at 43
  24. ^ La activista transgénero Agnés Torres es hallada muerta en Puebla
  25. ^ Flood, Alison (29 March 2012). "Adrienne Rich, award-winning poet and essayist, dies". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  26. ^ "Poet Adrienne Rich, 82, has died". Los Angeles Times. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  27. ^ http://www.advocate.com/Society/Activism/Lesbian_Lobbyist_Activist_Bettie_Naylor_Dies_at_84/
  28. ^ Cynthia Laird (17 May 2012). "Gay playwright George Birimisa dies". San Francisco: Bay Area Reporter. Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  29. ^ Wong, Curtis (25 June 2012). "Last Known Gay Jewish Holocaust Survivor Dies At 88". Huffington Post. 

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