LGBT notable events in 2019… so far

In honor of Gay Pride this month, let’s review all the LGBT victories in 2019 so far.  I love seeing all these RIGHTS and bans finally happen.  HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!!

JANUARY

  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Austria.
  • A law banning conversion therapy on minors in the U.S. state of New Hampshire takes effect.
  • A law banning hate speech based on “transgender identity or expression” takes effect in Sweden.
  • A law allowing third gender option (“diverse”) on official documents takes effect in Germany.
  • A law allowing legal gender change without medical or psychological requirements, as well as third gender option (“X”) on birth certificates takes effect in New York City.
  • Angola decriminalizes homosexuality.
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signs a bill banning the use of conversion therapy on minors. The law takes effect immediately, making New York the 15th U.S. state to enact such a ban.

FEBRUARY

  • Health Minister of Germany, Jens Spahn, calls for a ban on conversion therapy.
  • The French Parliament votes to replace the use of the words “mother” and “father” in official school forms with the terms “parent 1” and “parent 2”. Supporters of the legislation say it aims to guarantee equal treatment for pupils with parents of the same sex.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Mexican state of Nuevo León, following a unanimous ruling by the National Supreme Court of Justice which struck down the state’s ban on such marriages as unconstitutional.

MARCH

  • The Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Austria allowed blessings of same-sex marriages.
  • The Reformed Church in Austria allowed blessings of same-sex marriages.
  • The Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Württemberg allowed blessing of same-sex unions in Christian churches.
  • Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, issues an executive order prohibiting mental health professionals from offering conversion therapy for minors.

APRIL

  • Health Minister of Spain, María Luisa Carcedo, calls for a ban on conversion therapy.

MAY

  • The Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Hanover allowed blessings of same-sex marriages.
  • The Evangelical Church of the Palatinate allowed blessings of same-sex marriages.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Taiwan.

For more information on LGBT rights, you can visit the Wikipedia page HERE.