April 16 in LGBTQ History

1977: A New York judge rules that transsexual tennis player Renee Richards is eligible to play in the women’s division of the U.S. Open tennis championships and does not have to undergo a chromosome test.

2001: Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg steps down from an advisory board of the Boy Scouts of America, citing the organization’s discriminatory practices in regards to religious belief and sexual orientation.

2009: Washington Governor Chris Gregoire signs the “everything but marriage” domestic partnership bill effective June 1, 2009.

2010: Arkansas Proposed Initiative Act No. 1, banning adoption by same-sex couples (but not LGBT individuals) is overturned in state court for violating the Constitution of Arkansas’ right to privacy.

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