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The LGBT stories that shaped the world in 2016 (Part 1)

By Will Stroude

It’s been a year to remember: In seismic political shocks, Donald Trump won the US presidential election, and the UK voted to leave the EU. There was tragedy as 49 were massacred in a gay club in Orlando in the worst terror attack on the US since 9/11.

We also lost iconic stars who overturned our perceptions of gender, including David Bowie, Prince Pete Burns and Alexis Arquette. 2016 was a year of upheaval, change and tragedy. Here, we look back and reflect…


MPs say the NHS is Letting down transgender people – The first cross-party parliamentary inquiry on trans issues found that the NHS was failing in its legal duty to provide equal access to services.


North Carolina’s infamous HB2 bill adopted – The law eliminated anti-discrimination protection for LGBT+ people, and forces trans people to use public bathrooms representing the gender they were assigned at birth (click here for more).


Ukrainian LGBT+ festival abandoned due to far-right protest – 200 members of far-right groups surrounded the venue, shouting: “kill, kill, kill!” (click here for more).



Founder of Bangladesh’s first and only LGBT+ magazine brutally murdered – Founding editor of Roopbaan, Xulhaz Mannan, was hacked to death by a gang in the capital, Dhaka (click here for more).


Obama calls for anti-LGBT laws in North Carolina and Mississippi to be overturned – Both laws started as bills designed to enforce which toilets transgender people can use, but along the way they grew to encompass public rights for LGBT+ people more generally (click here for more).



Mississippi anti-LGBT law blocked by US judge one day before it was to take effect – The law protected religious objections to same-sex marriage and was deemed so broad that it would have allowed for whole-scale discrimination of LGBT+ people.

Orlando: 49 people killed and 53 wounded at Pulse nightclub in a terrorist attack and hate crime against the LGBT+ community – Omar Mateen committed the deadliest mass shooting by a single person and the deadliest terrorist attack since 9/11 (click here for more).


Black Lives Matter pulls out of San Francisco gay pride over policing – LGBT+ people of colour expressed concern at the extent of the police presence at Pride, which was heightened in the wake of the Orlando massacre.

Obama designates Stonewall Inn a monument – The declaration makes it the first ever national monument to the LGBT+ equality movement. (click here for more).



Gender identity clinic services under strain as referral rates soar – Figures obtained by The Guardian’s freedom of information requests show the number of referrals at the Charing Cross clinic have quadrupled over the past decade.

Trans Rights

Justin Trudeau marches in Toronto Pride parade – He became the first sitting Canadian prime minister to march at an LGBT+ Pride event (click here for more).


Prince William becomes the first member of royal family to be photographed for a gay magazine – Inside Attitude’s July issue the Duke of Cambridge discussed the mental health implications of homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic bullying (click here for more).


To read Part 2, click here.

Read the rest of our Review of the Year in Attitude’s January issue, available to download and in shops now. Available internationally from