Roberta Cowell is the first known British trans woman to have reassignment surgery and her birth certificate changed.
The Homosexual Law Reform Society is formed, to campaign for same-sex relationships to be legalised in the UK.
The North Western Homosexual Law Reform Society is founded to promote legal and social equality for gay men, lesbians and bisexuals.
The Beaumont Society, a Trans support group is founded to provide education and information to everyone, and to encourage research aimed at a fuller understanding.
The North West Homosexual Law Reform Committee becomes a UK-wide organisation, and is renamed as the Committee for Homosexual Equality (CHE). The CHE gains support from leading figures in the medical profession, the arts and the church.
The Stonewall riots happen in America and trigger the LGBT liberation movement, spreading beyond the US.
The Committee for Homosexual Equality is renamed as The Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE).
The first Pride event is held in London, and Britain’s first gay newspaper, Gay News, is founded.
A London based support and information helpline is established, London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard.
Maureen Colquhoun came out as the first lesbian Labour MP.
The first black lesbian and gay group is formed in the UK.
The UK’s first national LGBT TV show, One in Five was shown on Channel 4.
Chris Smith came out as the first openly gay Labour MP.
The Politics of Bisexuality, now known as BiCon launches.
The International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) is founded to promote acceptance for transgender people.
Stonewall UK is formed in response to section 28 and other barriers to equality.
Lesbian and gay police officers established the UK’s Lesbian and Gay Police Association.
World Health Organisation declassifies same-sex attraction as a mental illness.
Mermaids is founded by a group of parents brought together by their children’s longstanding gender issues. Offering appropriate resources to young people, their families and carers, and professionals working with gender variant young people.
UK Government removes the ban on lesbians, gay men and bisexuals serving in the armed forces.
The age of consent for gay men becomes equal to that of straight people.
Equal rights are granted to same-sex couples applying for adoption.
Ian Duncan becomes the first Conservative MP to be open about his sexual orientation, without being coerced.
Employment equality (Sexual orientation) regulations become UK law.
The Civil Partnership Act grants civil partnerships between same-sex couples.
The Gender Recognition Act is passed, giving Trans people full legal recognition in their appropriate gender, although gender options are still limited to ‘male’ or ‘female’.
Transgender Europe is founded. The organisation campaigns for the equality of all Trans people in Europe.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 recognises same-sex couples as legal parents of children conceived through the use of donated sperm, eggs or embryos.
Gendered Intelligence (GI) is founded in the UK to increase the understanding of gender diversity.
The Equality Act 2010 officially adds gender reassignment as a protected characteristic.
Explicit reference to homophobic bullying in schools is introduced into Ofsted’s inspection framework in the UK.
Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act is passed in England and Wales.
The first trans Pride is held in Brighton.
The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 officially comes into force, with the first same-sex marriages in England and Wales taking place on 29 March 2014.
The UK Supreme Court rules that the discrimination against same-sex couples on pensions rights needs to end immediately.