2000 in LGBT rights

This is a list of notable events in the history of LGBT rights that took place in the year 2000.

List of years in LGBT rights (table)


  • Voters in US state of Maine reject a proposal to reinstate the ban on sexual orientation discrimination in the private sector, with 50.5 per cent against and 49.5 per cent for.


  • 12 – the ban on lesbians and gay men serving in the United Kingdom armed forces is lifted.



  • 7 – California voters approve Proposition 22, a preemptive measure stating that California will not recognize same-sex marriages, even if the marriages took place in states that permitted them.
  • 15 – Equality Mississippi is formed in response to a hate-crime murder and attempts in the U.S. state to ban adoption by same-sex couples.





  • Montana governor Marc Racicot issues an executive order banning sexual orientation discrimination in the public sector.[3]
  • The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, in In re John/Jane Doe, rules that gender identity discrimination is included in the existing ban on sex discrimination in the private sector.[4]


  • The age of consent across the United Kingdom is equalised at 16. Previously, the age of consent was 18 for homosexual acts and 16 for heterosexual acts. The equalisation took place after a long struggle, in which the Labour party eventually invoked the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949 after the House of Lords repeatedly blocked the bill. [5]
  • Tom Vilsack, governor of the U.S. state of Iowa, rescinds an executive order he issued in 1999 banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the public sector.[6] Vilsack would later reinstate the order for sexual orientation only.
  • 15 – Delaware governor Thomas Carper issues an executive order banning sexual orientation discrimination in the public sector.[7]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ U.S. House. 106th Congress, 2nd Session. H.R. 3650, Permanent Partners Immigration Act of 2000. ONLINE. Thomas. Available: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d106:HR03650:/ [Feb 14, 2000]
  2. ^ Gamson, Joshua (March 30, 2000). "Who's Millennium March?". The Nation. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  3. ^ http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-connor052203.asp (Warning: this article is heavily biased.)
  4. ^ "In re John/Jane Doe". Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders. December 1, 2000. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
  5. ^ "What is the legal age of consent for sexual relationships?". BBC. 2012. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  6. ^ "Iowa LGBT Laws". Pride Legal Law at Your Command. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  7. ^ http://www.dupontbglad.com/Library/Newsletters/n0601.pdf Archived February 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine (Adobe Acrobat format)
  8. ^ "Transitions". The Advocate. January 30, 2001. p. 18.