The movement to afford equal rights and protections to transgender people is gaining momentum. Here are some of the milestones hit in recent years in the U.S.
Sept. 25, 1968: Minnesota court grants first legal gender change.
1977: The New York State Supreme Court rules in favor of trans woman Renee Richards, who sued the U.S. Tennis Association for the right to play professional tennis as a woman.
Jan. 1, 1984: GenderNet, the first Internet community for transgender people, is formed.
1986: One of the first major advocacy groups for trans men, called FTM, is formed by Lou Sullivan, a trans man, author and activist.
Nov. 20, 1999: The First International Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed to honor Rita Hester, a trans woman who was murdered the year before, and other victims of violence against transgender people.
April 15, 2000: The Transgender Pride flag appeared at a pride parade in Phoenix for the first time.
2008: Sue Rassmussen, the first openly transgender mayor in the U.S., is re-elected mayor of Silverton, Ore., after transitioning.
June 9, 2010: The federal government changes its passport rules to allow some trans people to change their gender identification on their passports.
March 5, 2012: The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development issues new rules barring discrimination against gay and transgender people.
July 1, 2012: Massachusett’s Transgender Equal Rights Bill takes effect, prohibiting discrimination of transgender people in employment, housing and other areas.
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