Celebrating queer joy.

Oregon State highlights significant moments in LGBTQ+ history.

Daniel Quasar LGBT rainbow flag

The Oregon State University Pride Center and SOL: LGBTQ+ Multicultural Support Network are commemorating Queer History Month this year by way of a timeline that highlights significant moments in queer history from 1924 through 2016.

The timeline was developed by Marin Monteith, a Pride Center leadership liaison, and Alyssa Pinoliar, a community relations representative, and they encourage everyone in the Oregon State community to “continue to grow the interaction and engagement through the joy of education and recognition.”


1924: Henry Gerber founds the Society for Human Rights.

display of pamphlets and newsletters, one is "Friendship and Freedom"
Photo: National Park Service, Henry Gerber House National Monument

SHR was the first gay rights group in America. Founded in Chicago, its “Friendship and Freedom” newsletter was also the nation’s first recorded gay rights publication.


1966: Beaumont Society is founded.

people marching for trans rights
Photo: New York Times­

The Beaumont Society is a transgender support and activism group that works toward a more trans-friendly society. The society remains active today; learn more at beaumontsociety.org.uk.


1972: Gay Liberation Front hosts the first London Pride parade on the anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

people marching with signs, one reads "Gay Pride"
Photo: New York Times­

"Our chant of 'gay is good' challenged the orthodoxy that gay was bad, mad and sad. The police hemmed us in. Some officers openly abused us. Bystanders shouted insults...it was scary, but we were determined to be out and proud — and to demand our liberation."

– Peter Tatchell, British human rights activist


1973: APA removes homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses in DSM.

people sitting behind a table with microphones. One person standing at a podium speaking
Photo: New York Public Library – See more on “The Masked M.D.”

The American Psychiatric Association voted to remove homosexuality from its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, but replaced it with “sexual orientation disturbance.” Homosexuality was not effectively taken out of the DSM until 1987.


1989: Historic LGBT activist group “After 8” is founded in Benton County.

buttons with slogans in support of gay rights
Photo: Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center

After 8 worked in Benton County and Corvallis in the 1990s, securing LGBT rights and emphasizing youth work, education and anti-discrimination.

For more, visit OSU Special Collections at scarc.library.oregonstate.edu.


2001: OSU Pride Center opens.

Pride Center at Oregon State University 1553 SW A Ave. Older tan house
Photo: Oregon State University

For 20 years, the Pride Center, formerly the Queer Resource Center, has provided resources, hosted events and helped build community for queer students and community members in Corvallis. It has also served as the home for SOL: LGBTQ+ Multicultural Support Network, an initiative for queer and transgender Indigenous, Black and people of color, since its founding in 2004.


2015: Obergefell v. Hodges: Same-sex marriage is declared legal.

people waving Pride rainbow flags in front of the U.S. Supreme Court
Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the right to marry — regardless of gender — is protected under the 14th Amendment. Respecting marriage between same-sex individuals was no longer up to the states.


2016: Stonewall Inn becomes National Historic Landmark and Monument.

Stonewall building with a sign that reads "Pride's a Riot"
Photo: Erik Pendzich/Shutterstock

“By the time of Stonewall...we had 50 to 60 gay groups in the country. A year later, there were at least 1,500. By two years later, to the extent that counts could be made, it was 2,500. And that was the impact of Stonewall.”

– Frank Kameny, American gay rights activist


The Queer History Month timeline walk can be seen along the west mezzanine in the Memorial Union through Oct. 31.

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