Timeline of US LGBT History
(extracted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_LGBT_history
1649 - The first known conviction for lesbian activity in North America occurs in March when Sarah White Norman is charged with "Lewd behaviour each with other upon a bed" with Mary Vincent Hammon in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Hammon was under 16 and not prosecuted.
1779 - In 1779, Jefferson prepared a draft of Virginia’s criminal statute, envisaging that the punishment for sodomy should be castration. [Well, that kinda tarnishes his reputation]
1903 - In New York on February 21, 1903, New York police conducted the first United States recorded raid on a gay bathhouse, the Ariston Hotel Baths. 26 men were arrested and 12 brought to trial on sodomy charges; 7 men received sentences ranging from 4 to 20 years in prison.
1913 - The word faggot is first used in print in reference to gays in a vocabulary of criminal slang published in Portland, Oregon: "All the fagots [sic] (sissies) will be dressed in drag at the ball tonight".
1920 - The word Gay is used for the first time in reference to homosexual in the Underground [I dont know what the Underground is. The 1928 movie by Anthony Asquith???].
1950 - The Mattachine Society, the first American homosexual group, is founded in Los Angeles; 190 individuals in the United States are dismissed from government employment for their sexual orientation, commencing the Lavender scare.
1962 - Illinois becomes first U.S. state to remove sodomy law from its criminal code.
1969 - The Stonewall riots occur in New York
1970 - The first Gay Liberation Day March is held in New York City; The first Gay Freedom Day March is held in Los Angeles; The first "Gay-in" held in San Francisco;
1973 - The American Psychiatric Association removes homosexuality from its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-II), based largely on the research and advocacy of Evelyn Hooker
1974 - Kathy Kozachenko becomes the first openly homosexual American elected to public office when she wins a seat on the Ann Arbor, Michigan city council; Ohio repeals sodomy laws. Robert Grant founds American Christian Cause to oppose the "gay agenda", the beginning of modern Christian politics in America.
1976 - Robert Grant founds the Christian Voice to take his anti-homosexual-rights crusade national in United States
1977 - Harvey Milk is elected city-county supervisor in San Francisco, becoming the third out American elected to public office; Dade County, Florida enacts a Human Rights Ordinance; it is repealed the same year after a militant anti-homosexual-rights campaign led by Anita Bryant. Quebec becomes the first jurisdiction larger than a city or county in the world to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in the public and private sectors
1978 - San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone are assassinated by former Supervisor Dan White. The rainbow flag is first used as a symbol of homosexual pride
1979 - The first national homosexual rights march on Washington, DC is held
1980 - The Democratic National Convention becomes the first major political party in America to endorse a homosexual rights platform plank
1982 - Wisconsin becomes the first US state to ban discrimination against homosexuals
1983 - Massachusetts Representative Gerry Studds reveals he is a homosexual on the floor of the House, becoming the first openly homosexual member of Congress
1984 - Massachusetts voters reelect representative Gerry Studds, despite his revealing himself as homosexual the year before
1985 - The first memorial to gay Holocaust victims is dedicated
1987 - ACT UP stages its first major demonstration, seventeen protesters are arrested; U.S. Congressman Barney Frank comes out
1998 - Matthew Shepard is murdered
1999 - California adopts a domestic partnership law
2003 - the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down remaining state sodomy laws
2004 - Massachusetts legalizes same-sex marriage while eleven other U.S. states ban the practice through public referendums; Domestic partnerships are legalized in New Jersey
2006 - United States Senate fails to pass the Federal Marriage Amendment
2007 - On August 9, 2007, the Logo cable channel hosts the first presidential forum in the United States focusing specifically on LGBT issues. Six Democratic Party candidates participate in the event. GOP candidates were asked to attend but turned it down.
2008 - The "civil union" law goes into effect in New Hampshire since 1 January, 2008 and also a "domestic partnership" legislation in Oregon came into effect from February