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OREGON LGBTQ TIMELINE STARTING IN 1970

By the Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GLAPN)
Primary contributors: Pat Young, Dave Kohl,
George Nicola, Robin Will.
Additional input from Susie Shepherd, Jerry Weller, Steve Fulmer, Cindy Cumfer, Katharine English, Kristan Aspen
Last updated: May 11, 2016

Links to:
Oregon LGBTQ Timeline 1806-1969
Oregon Trans Timeline
Oregon LGBTQ Youth Timeline

 

This article is a chronological listing of some but not all major events that have affected LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) Oregonians since 1970.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive history, but a starting point from which more detailed research can be done.  Suggested edits and questions may be sent to info@glapn.org.

When we refer to “the movement”, we are speaking of the movement which began in 1970 as the “gay movement”; was at one point called the “gay and lesbian movement”; now is sometimes called the “LGBT movement” for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender; and is most recently being called the “LGBTQ movement” for the community as described in the previous paragraph.   

When we speak of “gay civil rights”, we refer to laws that ban discrimination based on sexual orientation – whether a person is homosexual, bisexual, or heterosexual.  When we use the term “LGBTQ civil rights”, we means laws that ban discrimination based on both sexual orientation and gender identity – whether someone is transgender or not transgender (cisgender).  However, in some statutes, gender identity may be built into the definition of sexual orientation. 

The following are keys for sources of information.  All of these people have identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or queer. 

If there is more than one key after an item, the last one is the person who added the item to this article, while the previous one or more indicate the source of the information. 

The people mentioned positively in the Timeline have generally identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or queer unless otherwise specified.  The other two groupings usually identify as either transgender people; or non-LGBTQ people, who are often referred to as straight allies or just allies.  However, unless otherwise stated, politicians, public office holders, and PFLAG parents have usually identified as non-LGBTQ. 

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