Jan 6, 2001 - Diane Whipple, a lesbian lacrosse coach, was mauled to death in front of her partner by a neighbor's dogs in the hallway of their apartment building in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood.
March 4, 2001 - Glenn Hughes, the original Leatherman from the Village People, dies from lung cancer at the age of 50.
March 18, 2001 - Paris elects a gay mayor, 50-year-old Bertrand Delanoe.
April 1, 2001 - The Netherlands is the first nation to legalize same-sex marriage.
May 31, 2001 - The Pet Shop Boys' musical Closer to Heaven opens in London's East End.
June 3, 2001 - Six Feet Under debuts on HBO. One of the couples is David and Keith, an interracial couple in a tempestuous relationship.
June 10, 2001 - Beginning of a 3-episode arc on Sex & the City in which Samantha has a lesbian affair with a Brazilian artist from Charlotte's gallery (played by Sonia Braga).
June 16, 2001 - Berlin elects its first gay mayor, 47-year-old Klaus Wowereit.
July 27, 2001 - The movie Hot Wet American Summer opens. And although it is a huge flop at the box office (grossing less than $300,000), the movie is notable for a gay make-out session between Bradley Cooper (in his first movie) and Michael Ian Black. (The movie has since developed a cult following.)
Sept 11, 2001 - Nine passengers on board the planes that struck the WTC or Pentagon, or crashed in PA, were known to be gay or lesbian. And at least fifteen died at the WTC or Pentagon. Among the passengers on the first plane that crashed into the WTC, American Airlines Flight 191, was a gay male couple and their adopted 3-year-old son.
Nov 4, 2001 – Ellen DeGeneres hosts the Emmys (delayed by the 9-11 attacks), and to open the telecast walks on stage wearing a swan costume, similar to that worn by Bjork at this year's Academy Awards.
Dec 22, 2001 - Lance Loud, gay son of the family depicted on PBS's landmark reality series, An American Family, dies from hepatitis-C at the age of 50.
(To read about LGBT history from other years double click here.)