December 16 in LGBTQ History

1983: Mel Brook’s To Be or Not To Be, a remake of the Ernst Lubitsch classic becomes the first mainstream Hollywood film to not only acknowledge Nazi persecution of homosexuals, but also makes it a key plot element.

1997: In New Zealand, the court of appeal rules unanimously not to grant same-sex couples the right to marry.

2005: Mark Warner, governor of Virginia, issues an executive order banning sexual orientation discrimination in the public sector.

2007: In South Africa, the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007 comes into force, setting an equal age of consent at 16; previously it had been 16 for heterosexual sex and 19 for homosexual sex.

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