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1969
Richard Nixon signed Executive Order 11478 which required all federal civilian workforces (including the civilian parts of the US Army and the United States Postal Service) to prohibit discrimination based on race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability or age and required those workforces to initiate affirmative action programs of equal employment opportunities for employees and applicants.
1986
the Homosexual Law Reform Act came into effect in New Zealand, and decriminalised consensual sexual relations between men aged 16 and over. Lesbian sexual relations had never been illegal, however, females in homosexual relationships often found themselves more socially stigmatised than gay men, and therefore were great supporters of the change in the law.