October 25, - The New Jersey Supreme Court rules that state lawmakers must provide the rights and benefits of marriage to gay and lesbian couples. May 15, - The California Supreme Court rules in re: She will serve as an outreach and recruitment director in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. I did it for my own truth. January 28, Letter. January 18, Commentary.
November 7, - Virginia voters elect the state's first openly transgender candidate to the Virginia House of Delegates.
March 2, - Wisconsin becomes the first state to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation. Joel Grey told People magazine that he doesn't like labels, but "if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law. April 27, - President Dwight D. It is the first documented gay rights organization. Raven-Symone was in a relationship with a woman at the time, but the actress told Oprah Winfrey in that she doesn't want to be labeled as gay. The law allows a judge to impose harsher sentences if there is evidence showing that a victim was selected because of the "actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, or sexual orientation of any person.
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. It is the first documented gay rights organization. On a November episode, personal trainer Harper, 48, talked about his sexuality for the first time on the reality weight loss competition in an effort to show the contestant that he doesn't have to be ashamed. Coming out in Hollywood. The Sarah Connor Chronicles," came out publicly via a tweeted statement in July after he said "a prominent gay man used an awards acceptance speech to 'out' me. Now 14, she hosts a popular series of videos on YouTube and is starring this summer in a TLC reality show about her life.