December


● 2013.12 — Over 18,000 people who define themselves as Christians sign a petition from Faithful America encouraging a cable network to stand its ground when A&E decides to indefinitely suspend “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson after he shared racist and anti-gay sentiments with GQ magazine.
● 1980.12.01 — American Journal of Psychiatry publishes an article noting that religious conversion is a cure for homosexuality.
● 1990.12.02 — Fordham University, a Jesuit institution, officially recognizes the student group Fordham Lesbians and Gays, after 11 years of attempts, making it the third Roman Catholic university to recognize a gay student group.
● 1968.12.03 — Metropolitan Community Church holds its first same-sex union ceremony.
● 1994.12.06 — The American Medical Association declares its opposition to treatments intended to cure homosexuality.
● 1989.12.10 — More than 5,000 activists protest at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York regarding the Church’s policies on homosexuality and AIDS.
● 1973.12.15 — The governing board of the American Psychiatric Association votes to recommend a change in the classification of homosexuality, to remove it from its list of mental illnesses.
● 1999.12.20 — In Baker v. Vermont, the Vermont Supreme Court orders the state legislature to devise a law to give same-sex couples identical rights to married couples.
● 2010.12.22 — The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 is signed into law by President Barack Obama.
● 1975.12.26 — Mary Jo Risher loses custody of her son after a jury finds that she is unfit because she is a lesbian. She later appeals, and loses.
● 1990.12.31 — Ian McKellen is knighted by the Queen of England, the first openly gay man to be knighted.