Making History: How to remember, record, interpret and share the events of your life, covers from 1930 through 1989, and shows how one’s own life
intersects with “big history.” I am in the process of gathering stories from the 1990s so I can update the book to include this important decade.
On the first Monday of each month, I share some historical events from the 1990s and ask readers to share their experiences about any or all of these events. These stories will be featured in the next edition of Making History (with your permission and your byline, of course). You can share your story here on the blog, in the Comments, or you can send your thoughts to me in an email, to email@example.com.
AND if you share a story, I will reciprocate immediately by sending you a FREE copy of one of my ebooks of your choice. See my website for the ebooks you can choose from, and let me know which you choose in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently the issue of Gay Rights and Gay Marriage is much in the news. Historically speaking, the “sea change” (to quote Chief Justice Roberts) on this issue has been extremely swift, and the 1990s were a decade with many steps both forward and backward on this social issue. Here are just some of the 90s events that you might remember. What was your emotional response to this event? Did you talk about this event to your family or friends and share your opinions? Did this event motivate you to change your opinion or take action in some way? Did this event affect your lifestyle? If so, write it down. In 100 years, maybe one of your descendants would like to know how you participated or contributed to the events of your time
- 1990 – an openly gay legislator was elected in NY state – the first in any state
- 1990 – the US Congress repealed the law prohibiting gays from entering the country
- 1990 – The US Court of Appeals ruled that the federal government can deny security clearances on the basis of sexual orientation
- 1990 & 91 – Executive orders in 5 states prohibit sexual orientation discrimination in the public sector
- 1992 – The World Health organization declassifies homosexuality as a mental illness
- 1993 – Don’t Ask Don’t Tell becomes the law in the military, meaning gay people could serve in the military as long as they didn’t tell anyone they were gay, or engage in homosexual acts
- 1993 – The 3rd Gay Rights March on Washington drew an estimated one million participants
- 1996 – The Defense of Marriage Act is passed by Congress, stating that gay people in committed relationships are not entitled to federal marriage benefits
- 1998 – The hate killing of Matthew Shepherd galvanizes many
- 1999 – Tammy Baldwin becomes the first openly gay member of the US House of Representatives
Thank you for sharing your story. And if you don’t feel like sharing, have fun remembering anyway.