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January

1 Lesbian couple Joanna Bare and Helen Rubin give birth to Washington, D.C.'s first baby of the year.

3 Lesbian feminist Monique Wittig, 67, dies of a heart attack in Tucson.

4 Clonaid, a company that claims to have produced the first human clone, claims a second cloned child has been born, to a Dutch lesbian.

7 Owners of New York City's Oscar Wilde Bookshop, the nation's oldest gay bookstore, announce that poor sales are forcing them to close the store. But the shop is saved after the owners of Washington, D.C.'s Lambda Rising bookstore buy it several weeks later.

16 Tom Tunney is sworn in as Chicago's first openly gay alderman. Tunney, who was appointed by the mayor, is elected to a full term on February 25.

19 Pioneering activist Morris Kight, 83, dies in Los Angeles.

20 Nine men are murdered during an attack at a gay massage parlor in Cape Town, South Africa. Police arrest two men in connection with the murders on February 13.

22 Out magazine cofounder and Newsweek senior editor Sarah Pettit, 36, dies of lymphoma in New York City.

22 Chuck Wolfe is named executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.

22 Peggy Neff receives a $557,390 compensation check from the federal government because of the death of her partner, Sheila Hein, who was killed in the September 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon. It is the first time the federal government has provided recognition to a same-sex spouse that approaches that of a married spouse.

26 Out lesbian Martina Navratilova and teammate Leander Paes win the tennis mixed doubles title at the Australian Open. The pair go on to win the same title at Wimbledon on July B.

30 Belgium becomes the second country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.

February

2 Out composer and world music pioneer Lou Harrison, 85, dies after a heart attack in Lafayette, Ind.

4 A Manhattan jury awards Charles Bell, a gay farmer employee of Leona Helmsley, $11.1 million, finding that Helmsley unlawfully fired Bell because he is gay. In March a judge slashes the award to $554,000.

5 Cincinnati expands its hate-crimes law to include sexual orientation and gender.

6 Henry Dunn Jr., who in 1993 murdered a Tyler, Tex., man because he was gay, is executed by lethal injection.

12 Police in Vancouver, Canada, arrest a 19-year-old man in the 2001 murder of gay man Aaron Webster. The suspect, who is not identified because he was under 19 at the time of the murder, pleads guilty on July 30. Three more men are arrested in connection with the murder in October.

12 Oil company ConocoPhillips reverses its decision to rescind its policy banning antigay discrimination after a targeted Human Rights Campaign effort.

21 A Florida judge awards transsexual father Michael Kantaras primary custody of his ex-wife's biological children.

21 The New York Post apologizes for a blind item in a December gossip column that implied Baseball Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax is gay.

24 The drug company VaxGen announces that AIDSVAX, the first HIV vaccine to make it to Phase III clinical trials, does not prevent infection.

25 Psychiatrist John E. Fryer, whose coming out at a 1972 meeting of the American Psychiatric Association is considered one of the most influential moments in gay history, dies in Philadelphia.

March

3 Texas judge Tom Mulvaney grants a gay couple a "divorce" from their Vermont civil union. He reverses his decision March 31 after it causes controversy statewide.

4 The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court hears a case challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriages.

13 Colorado teenager Kyle Skyock is awarded $1.22 million in damages in a civil lawsuit against two boys and the boys' mother. Four boys were accused in a brutal 2001 attack on Skyock.

15 An Egyptian court sentences 21 men to three years in jail on gay sex charges. The men were among 52 arrested at a party in 2001. Dozens of other men are jailed on similar charges throughout the year.

26 The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in Lawrence v. Texas, a case challenging the state's sodomy law.

30 Openly gay stage and screen actor Michael Jeter, 50, is found dead of AIDS complications in his Los Angeles home.

April

1 Out Chinese actor Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing, 46, who starred in Farewell My Concubine, commits suicide by jumping from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong.

2 Marine reservist Stephen Funk holds a press conference to come out of the closet and pronounce himself a conscientious objector. He is later found guilty of an unauthorized absence and on September 6 is sentenced to six months in a military prison.

2 New York's Empire State Pride Agenda names Alan Van Capelle as executive director.

4 The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force names Matt Foreman as executive director.

8 New Mexico governor Bill Richardson signs a bill adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the state's hate-crimes law.

11 A Hawaii bill extending protections against hate crimes based on gender identity becomes law.

21 Republican U.S. senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania creates a political firestorm when he is quoted in an Associated Press story as saying, "If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [gay] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to do anything."

27 Tokyo voters elect Aya Kamikawa to a borough council, making her Japan's first transgendered public official.

May

7 An Indiana judge dismisses a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex unions.

8 The Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call reports that congressman Dick Gephardt's daughter Chrissy is coming out as a lesbian and joining her father's presidential campaign team.

11 Fifteen-year-old lesbian Sakia Gunn is stabbed to death at a city bus stop in Newark, N.J. A suspect turns himself in to police less than a week later and then pleads innocent to murder charges.

19 Buenos Aires becomes the first city in Latin America to allow same-sex couples to register for legal recognition.

21 The Federal Marriage Amendment, which proposes to add a ban on same-sex marriage to the U.S. Constitution, is introduced in the House of Representatives.

22 Republican congressman Mark Foley of Florida denounces what he says are rumors that he is gay. Foley, who is seeking the nomination for a U.S. Senate seat, later drops out of the race.

27 Texas governor Rick Perry signs the state's so-called defense of marriage act.

29 Kentucky extends protection from antigay employment discrimination to state workers.

June

6 The New York Times reports that the U.S. Department of Justice has barred employees from holding an annual gay pride celebration. Justice officials reverse their decision June 10, allowing the celebration without official department sponsorship.

7 New Hampshire Episcopalians elect the Reverend V. Gene Robinson as their next bishop. Robinson will be the first openly gay man to hold such a position in any mainline Christian denomination.

10 Officials in the Canadian province of Ontario begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

11 Aaron Price, 19, is sentenced to 10 years in prison for beating fellow Morehouse College student Gregory Love with a baseball bat. Price said he thought Love was making sexual advances to him by looking into his shower stall. Love, who didn't have his glasses on at the time, said he mistook Price for his roommate.

11 Alan Beer, an American immigrant who helped organize Jerusalem's first pride parade in 2002, is among 17 killed in a suicide bombing.

13 Patric Henn, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., gay man, is arrested on charges of collecting $68,000 by falsely claiming that his partner died in the September 11 terrorist attacks.

16 The Reverend Stephen Van Kuiken, a Presbyterian minister from Cincinnati who presided over same-sex union ceremonies despite his denomination's order to stop, is ousted from the clergy.

23 Vice President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter, Mary Cheney, announces that she is joining her father's reelection campaign team.

26 The U.S. Supreme Court strikes down antigay sodomy laws in a 6-3 ruling in Lawrence v. Texas.

July

2 Genre magazine is purchased by Avalon Equity Partners, which has controlling interest in a number of regional gay newspapers, including the Washington Blade, the New York Blade, and Atlanta's Southern Voice.

2 Wal-Mart Stores Inc. expands its antidiscdmination policy to include sexual orientation.

5 MSNBC cancels Savage Nation, a talk show hosted by antigay commentator Michael Savage.

8 British Columbia becomes the second Canadian province to legalize gay marriage.

15 Queer Eye for the Straight Guy premieres on Bravo.

17 Fourteen-year-old Thomas McLaughlin, who said officials at Arkansas's Pulaski County Special School District disciplined him and forced him to read the Bible when he came out, strikes a $25,000 settlement with the school district.

17 Jennifer Veiga is elected to the Colorado state senate, becoming the body's first openly gay member.

20 An Egyptian court acquits II men of gay sex charges. "We are so disgusted with you, we can't even look at you," the judge says. '3Nhat you did is a major sin, but unfortunately the case has procedural errors, and the court had to acquit all of you."

24 New York City councilman James Davis is murdered in the council chambers by Othniel Askew, a gay constituent.

25 Oscar-winning film director John Schlesinger, 77, dies in Palm Springs, Calif.

27 Dallas's Cathedral of Hope, the world's largest gay and lesbian church, disaffiliates from the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches.

28 Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell signs an executive order prohibiting state agencies from discriminating based on gender identity.

29 Boy Meets Boy premieres on Bravo.

30 President Bush announces that government lawyers are exploring measures to legally define marriage as a union of a man and a woman.

31 The Vatican issues a 12-page document urging Catholics and non-Catholics to unite in campaigning against gay marriage and adoption by gays.

August

2 Gov. Gray Davis signs a bill making California the fourth state in the nation to outlaw discrimination against transgendered people.

4 Oregon governor Ted Kulongoski appoints openly gay judge Rives Kistler to the state Supreme Court.

5 After a delay caused by allegations that he inappropriately touched another man and that he was affiliated with a Web site linked to pornography, the openly gay reverend V. Gene Robinson is confirmed as bishop of New Hampshire by the Episcopal General Convention.

13 An openly gay Uzbek journalist, Ruslan Sharipov, is sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison on charges that human rights groups say are politically motivated.

16 Transgendered performer Bella Evangelista 25, is murdered in Washington, D.C., by a man who police say paid her for sex. Antoine D. Jacobs, 22, is charged with the murder.

21 Transgendered woman Emonie Kiera Spaulding, 25, is shot to death in Washington, D.C. Police say another transgendered woman is shot and hospitalized that same night. Within a week Antwan D. Lewis, 22, is charged in the murder.

21 Out couple Reichen Lehmkuhl and Chip Arndt win $1 million on the CBS reality show The Amazing Race.

28 Madonna becomes water-cooler topic number I when she kisses both Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera during a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.

September

8 Protesters for and against New York City's Harvey Milk High School, the nation's first publicly funded high school for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered students, greet the students on their first day of classes.

9 The New York Times reports that 1950s screen idol Tab Hunter will come out in a memoir he is writing.

12 Robert Noel, who was found guilty in the 2001 dog-mauling death of lesbian Diane Whipple in San Francisco, is released from prison.

18 Married Canadian couple Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell report that they were denied entry into the United States because they listed themselves as a family on U.S. Customs forms.

18 Section 29, a British statute forbidding the "promotion" of homosexuality, is overturned after 15 years on the books.

19 California governor Gray Davis signs a domestic-partnership bill that gives same-sex couples in the state nearly all of the rights that married couples enjoy.

30 Veteran sports journalist Ed Gray comes out of the closet in a Boston Herald column.

30 Kentucky state senator Ernesto Scorsone comes out, becoming the state's first openly gay public official.

October

3 Edward Hartman, 38, a gay man convicted in a 1993 shooting death of a Northampton County, N.C., man, is executed by lethal injection in Raleigh.

3 Endorsing an antigay campaign launched by the American Family Association and other groups, President Bush proclaims October 12-18 Marriage Protection Week.

8 An Arizona court upholds the state's ban on gay marriage.

12 California governor Gray Davis signs a bill requiring businesses with large state contracts to provide same-sex domestic-partner benefits.

21 David Gest, the estranged husband of Liza Minnelli, files a lawsuit claiming that the singer regularly beat him during their 16-month marriage.

27 U.S. congressman Dick Gephardt appoints veteran gay activist David Mixner to cochair his presidential campaign.

28 The Casper, Wyo., city council votes to remove a Ten Commandments monument from a city park rather than let antigay minister Fred Phelps erect a monument condemning Matthew Shepard.

30 The trial involving Rosie O'Donnell and Gruner + Jahr, the publisher of the now-defunct magazine Rosie, opens in New York City. On November 12 the judge declares the case a draw.

November

2 The Reverend V. Gene Robinson is consecrated, making him the first openly gay man to rise to the level of bishop in any of the world's major Christian bodies.

3 The Human Rights Campaign announces that Massachusetts state senator Cheryl Jacques will replace Elizabeth Birch as the group's executive director.

4 CBS pulls the plug on the miniseries The Reagans. Conservatives targeted the series for, among other things, portraying the former president as insensitive to people with AIDS. Showtime announces it will air the program instead.

4 Palm Springs, Calif., elects Ron Oden, one of the nation's first openly gay black mayors.

4 Voters in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, pass the first ballot box-approved domestic-partner registry.

4 Kevin Dumas, 27, is elected as Attleboro, Mass.'s youngest and first openly gay mayor.

5 A New Jersey trial court rules against legalizing gay marriage. Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund promises to appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court.

6 Police in New York City arrest five transgendered students from Harvey Milk High School, the first publicly funded school for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered students. The five are charged with propositioning men and then pretending to be police officers, handcuffing the men, and then robbing them.

7 Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle vetoes an antigay "defense of marriage" bill passed by the state legislature.

10 The Human Rights Campaign launches a $1 million newspaper campaign to educate people nationwide about equal civil marriage rights.

10 The Federation of Gay Games cancels plans to hold its 2006 event in Montreal after a disagreement with Montreal organizers over financial control. Montreal promises to host a Gay Games-like event in 2006 anyway.

13 The North Dakota Supreme Court rules that a lesbian couple's relationship would not deprive them of custody of two girls, despite the girls' father's argument that the women's living arrangement provides "the wrong moral character" for the children.

18 The U.S. Senate confirms the promotion of Maj. Gen. Robert T. Clark to lieutenant general. Clark's nomination had been challenged by gay activists because he was in command at Fort Campbell, Ky., in 1999 when Pfc. Barry Winchell was beaten to death because he was believed to be gay.

18 The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules that it is unconstitutional to deny gay couples the right to marry. The court gives the legislature 180 days to comply with the state constitution. Republican governor Mitt Romney immediately endorses a proposed constitutional amendment to bar gay couples from marriage.

December

1 The American Civil Liberties Union makes a complaint in the case of second-grader Marcus McLaurin in Lafayette, La., who the group says was punished by school officials for telling a classmate that his mother is a lesbian.

5 The Anglican Church of Southeast Asia announces that it has severed ties with the Episcopal Church USA for elevating an openly gay man, the Reverend V. Gene Robinson, to bishop of New Hampshire.
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Title Annotation:Time line 2003; gays
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Date:Jan 20, 2004
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