- France prohibits discrimination based on lifestyle ("moeurs"), including homosexuality, in employment and services, public and private.
- March 26 - The United States Supreme Court overturns Oklahoma law that banned gays and lesbians from teaching in state public schools.
- May 12 - The first memorial to the Nazi's gay victims, a pink granite stone monument at Neuengamme concentration camp, inscribed "Dedicated to the Homosexual victims of National Socialism, 1985", is unveiled.
- May 21 - The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals strikes down Georgia's sodomy laws as unconstitutional. The ruling is overturned the following year by the Supreme Court in the case of Bowers v. Hardwick.
- October 2 - Rock Hudson's death from AIDS spurs global attention to the epidemic
- October 4 - First openly gay member of parliament elected in West Germany
- October 8 - Latino/a Lesbian and Gay Organization is formed in Austin, Texas.
- October 9 - New York City mayor Ed Koch asks the American Legion Veteran's Day parade to allow gay veterans to march. He is ignored.
- October 21 - Harvey Milk assassin Dan White commits suicide.
- November 5 - San Francisco, California extends anti-discrimination protection to people with AIDS.
- November 13 - Elected mayor of Manchester, Margaret Roff becomes the first openly gay mayor in the UK
- October 2 (Beverly Hills, California) - Rock Hudson, 59, American film and television actor.
- October 21 (San Francisco, California - suicide) - Dan White, former San Francisco Supervisor who assassinated Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk on November 27, 1978 at City Hall.
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