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This is a list of notable events in the history of LGBT rights that took place in the year 1975.

Events Edit

  • Milton Shapp, governor of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, issues the first state executive order banning sexual orientation employment discrimination by the government.

January Edit

  • 7 — A Maricopa County, Arizona county clerk issues a marriage license to a same-sex couple.[1]

February Edit

  • The first gay-oriented television commercial airs on two Washington D.C. stations. Lambda Rising bookstore sponsored the ads on episodes of Phil Donahue and Marcus Welby, M.D.. Stations balked at airing the ads, but relented after getting approval from the Association of Broadcasters Standards office.

March Edit

  • 26 — Boulder County, Colorado clerk Clela Rorex begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Colorado Attorney General J.D. MacFarlane later issues an opinion that the licenses are invalid and orders that no additional licenses be issued.[1]

July Edit

  • 1 — The U.S. states of California and Washington decriminalize private consensual adult homosexual acts.
  • 3 — The United States Civil Service Commission ends its policy of automatically disqualifying gay and lesbian applicants.[2]

Deaths Edit

  • February 10 — Lige Clarke, LGBT rights activist and journalist. Murdered in Vera Cruz, Mexico.[3]

See alsoEdit

Notes Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lahey and Alderson, p. 18
  2. Johnson, p 210
  3. Bullough, p. 239

References Edit

  • Bullough, Vern L. (2002). Before Stonewall: Activists for Gay and Lesbian Rights in Historical Context. Routledge. ISBN 1-56023-193-9.
  • Johnson, David K. (2009). The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government. Chicago, The University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0226401960.
  • Lahey, Kathleen A. and Kevin Alderson (2004). Same-sex Marriage: The Personal and the Political. Insomniac Press. ISBN 1-894663-63-2.

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