1977 in LGBT rights

This is a list of notable events in the history of LGBT rights that took place in the year 1977.

List of years in LGBT rights (table)


  • The city of Washington, D.C., adopts a human rights code banning sexual orientation discrimination in private employment.[1] This code replaces previous legislation such as Title 34, enacted in 1973 which also granted sexual orientation protection.
  • Dade County, Florida, in the United States, enacts a Human Rights Ordinance providing that rights can not be abridged on the basis of sexuality.


  • 7 — The city council of Tucson, Arizona, passes an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing and public accommodation.


  • 17 — Arkansas reinstates its sodomy law, two years after repealing it.[2]


  • 21 — 750 gays and lesbians and supporters in Minneapolis protest the appearance of Anita Bryant who had arrived to perform at the opening of a fruit warehouse.[3]




  • 16 — In a New York Supreme Court case, Richards vs. US Tennis ASSN, Renee Richards, a transgender woman, is allowed to play in the tennis tournament.[7]





  • 15 — Quebec becomes the first jurisdiction (larger than a city or county) in the world to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. The Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, certain services and other activities in the public and private sectors.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The National Journal of Sexual Orientation Law
  2. ^ Rutledge, p. 102
  3. ^ Birkey, Andy (October 2, 2013). "Minnesota LGBT History Month: The pie and Anita Bryant". The Column. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  4. ^ Rutledge, p. 108
  5. ^ Shilcutt, Katharine (May 25, 2017). "Pride and Protests: Remembering the Night Anita Bryant Came to Town". Houstonia. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  6. ^ "A Bit of History: Life Together, 1977". Ontario Human Rights Commission/Commission ontarienne des droits de la personne. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  7. ^ "RICHARDS v. US TENNIS ASS | 93 Misc.2d 713 (1977) | sc2d7131654 | Leagle.com". Leagle. Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  8. ^ Rutledge, p. 114
  9. ^ "SAGE Homepage". Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  10. ^ "Harvey Milk Becomes the First Openly Gay Person Elected to Public Office in California". History.com. Retrieved March 4, 2021.


  • Rutledge, Leigh (1992). The Gay Decades. New York: Penguin Books Ltd. ISBN 0-452-26810-9.