After several losses, it wins a big victory in 1958 when the U. Supreme Court overturns the previous rulings without comment.From that point on, homophile magazines are spared censorship by postal or other authorities.begins publishing , an influential early gay periodical.After the postmaster refuses to accept a 1954 edition, declaring it “obscene,” the group appeals.He publishes the first of twelve pamphlets, to defend "urnings," men who seek other men as sexual partners.His courage in coming to the public defense of urnings is unique and even his most devoted fans are afraid to openly support him.Click on the dates below to for information on the LGBTQ community throughout history.1600-1799 1800-1899 1900-1949 1950-1959 1960-1969 1970-1979 1980-1989 1990-1994 1995-1999 2000-2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 1610: The Virginia Colony passes the earliest American sodomy law, dictating the death penalty for offenders. John Cotton proposes the death penalty for 16 crimes, including sodomy, which he calls "unnatural filthiness" and defines as "carnal fellowship of man with man, or woman with woman." Though Cotton's code is not accepted, Massachusetts adopts a sodomy law five years later.
He rejects earlier ideas and argues that the direction the sexual drive takes has no necessary relationship to inherited sexual characteristics.Hossli's is the first European voice to defend same-sex love.1850-1900: Psychiatrists begin to use classifications that include lists of sexual aberrations.1786: Pennsylvania becomes the first of the 13 American states to drop the death penalty for sodomy.The new sentence is ten years in prison and the forfeiture of all property.