December 18 in LGBTQ History

1980: The New York State Court of Appeals abolishes the state’s sodomy laws.

1982: The Quebec government overwhelmingly approves a measure that gives domestic partners of gays and lesbians legal protection and access to economic benefits previously restricted to straights.

1984: The Times of Harvey Milk wins the New York Critics’ Award for Best Documentary of the Year.

1998: The Maryland Court of Appeals rules that a parent’s access to his or her children cannot be restricted due to his or her sexual orientation.

2010: The U.S. Senate votes 65 to 31 in favor of repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. President Obama officially repeals the military policy a few days later.

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