In contrast to female world leaders , who have become increasingly common in recent decades, the world has not seen very many openly homosexual world leaders, making gay and lesbian prime ministers and presidents exceedingly rare. Rare, but not nonexistent. Here is a list of past and present openly gay heads of state as of June, Though this is obviously a difficult thing to measure, it's generally believed these three leaders were the first lesbian and gay world leaders in modern history.
Anti-Catholicism in the United States
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In , Thomas Jefferson proposed a law that would mandate castration for gay men and mutilation of nose cartilage for gay women. But that's not the scary part. Here's the scary part: Jefferson was considered a liberal. At the time, the most common penalty on the books was death. Supreme Court finally put an end to laws criminalizing same-sex intercourse in Lawrence v. Lawmakers at both the state and federal level continue to target lesbians and gay men with draconian legislation and hateful rhetoric. The gay rights movement is still working to change this.
The gay rights movement in the United States has seen huge progress in the last century, and especially the last two decades. Laws prohibiting homosexual activity have been struck down; lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals are now allowed to serve openly in the military transgender individuals were allowed to serve openly from until March , when a new ban was put in place. And same-sex couples can now legally get married and adopt children in all 50 states. But it has been a long and bumpy road for gay rights proponents, who are still advocating for employment, housing and transgender rights. During his U.
Both men were not out during their tenure: McKinney's bisexuality was revealed after his death and Wofford announced his plans to marry a man over 20 years after serving in the Senate. Two are senators and the rest are House representatives. Came out after serving. Posthumously identified as LGBT. All representatives listed served as open members of the LGBT community unless otherwise specified:.