Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (lgbt) people in the united states may face legal and social challenges not experienced by non-lgbt residents. Many lgbt rights in the united states have been legalized by the united states supreme court, but they continue to vary by jurisdiction, and discrimination in jobs and housing is still legal in most states. the gay rights movement in the united states began in the 1920s and saw huge progress in the 2000s, with laws prohibiting homosexual activity struck. We advocate for laws and policies that will protect everyones dignity. Here are some of the key dates in the history of gay rights in the uk 1533 the buggery act, the first ever law to specifically outlaw anal sex, was signed into english law. Despite the considerable progress that had been made on gay rights issues by 2003, gay sex was still illegal in 14 states. Gay rights laws in america have evolved to allow but in some cases ban rights for gay, lesbian and transgender people on a range of issues, including marriage, hospital visitation, adoption. Gay couples will be able to marry in minnesota in august 2013. June 26, the supreme court rules that the 1996 defense of marriage act (doma) is unconstitutional. In a 5 to 4 vote, the court rules that doma violates the rights of gay and lesbian people. The court also rules that the law interferes with the states rights to define marriage. The gay rights movement is a social effort to bolster the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered couples. The groups that comprise the gay rights movement share the uniform goals of social acceptance regarding marriage rights for gender and sexual minorities. In 2017, peter tatchell - a gay rights campaigner - told newsround we have made fantastic progress. Compared to two decades ago, britain is almost a different country.