This is a list of notable events in the history of LGBT rights that took place in the year 1972.

Events Edit

  • San Francisco prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation in the public sector. The city also prohibits companies that have contracts with the city from discriminating based on sexual orientation.

January Edit

  • 1 — U.S. state of Hawaii repeals its sodomy law.[1]

March Edit

  • 7 — East Lansing, Michigan, becomes the first United States city to ban discrimination against homosexuals in housing, public accommodation, and employment.[2]

April Edit

  • 1 — U.S. state of Delaware decriminalizes consensual homosexual acts between adults.[1]

June Edit

July Edit

  • 12 — Delegates Jim Foster and Madeline Davis become the first openly LGBT people to address a major U.S. political party's convention at the 1972 Democratic National Convention.[3]


October Edit

  • 10 — The United States Supreme Court issues its ruling in Baker v. Nelson, in which the plaintiffs sought to have Minnesota's restriction of marriage to different-sex couples declared unconstitutional. The Court dismisses the case "for want of a substantial federal question".[4]

Deaths Edit

  • August 2 — Paul Goodman, U.S. poet, writer, and public intellectual. The freedom with which Goodman revealed, in print and in public, his homosexual life and loves proved to be one of the many important cultural springboards for the emerging gay liberation movement of the early 1970s.
  • December 31 — Henry Gerber, German-born American LGBT rights activist. Founded the Society for Human Rights, the first LGBT organization in the United States.[5]

See also Edit

Notes Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 William N. Eskridge, Dishonorable Passions: Sodomy Laws in America, 1861-2003 (NY: Penguin Group, 2008), 201, available online, accessed April 9, 2011
  2. Faderman, p. 228; American Independent: Todd Heywood, "East Lansing celebrates nation’s oldest LGBT nondiscrimination law," March 6, 2012, accessed March 6, 2012
  3. Bianco, p. 318
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  5. Henry Gerber. Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2009-08-26.

References Edit

  • Bianco, David (1999). Gay Essentials: Facts For Your Queer Brain. Los Angeles, Alyson Publications. ISBN 1-55583-508-2.
  • Faderman, Lillian (2007). Great Events From History: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Events, 1848-2006. Salem Press. ISBN 1-58765-264-1.

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