Jan 5, 2005 - Nelson Mandela puts a face on the AIDS crisis in Africa by announcing that his eldest son died from the disease.
Jan 17, 2005 - Oprah's interior design guru, Nate Berkus, recounts his harrowing experience during the Christmas tsunami which took the life of his partner, Fernando, in Sri Lanka (missing and presumed dead).
Jan 21, 2005 - The anti-gay group Focus on the Family alleges that popular cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants promotes homosexuality.
Jan 25, 2005 - Famed architect Philip Johnson dies at the age of 98. Besides his professional legacy he also has the distinction of being the oldest gay icon.
Feb 20, 2005 - On The Simpsons Marge's sister Patty reveals she's a lesbian and gets married to her partner by Homer.
April 25, 2005 - Spain legalizes same-sex marriage-
May 24, 2005 – 17-year-old singer Rihanna releases her first single, Pon de Replay. It will top Billboard's Dance & Club chart and peak at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
June 7, 2005 - Three players from the Boston Red Sox are subjects of makeovers on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
June 25, 2005 - 20-year-old Alexander van Kampen (pictured), a student from the Netherlands, wins the first Mr. Gay Europe competition, held in Oslo.
June 30, 2005 - MTV Networks launches its gay-themed cable network, LOGO.
July 20, 2005 - Canada becomes the fourth country to legalize same-sex marriage.
July 24, 2005 - The 16th GLAAD Media Awards are the first to be televised (on LOGO).
Oct 3, 2005 - This week's TIME cover story is titled "The Battle Over Gay Teens".
Oct 19, 2005 - Noah's Arc debuts on LOGO.
Nov 29, 2005 - The Vatican issues an edict barring admission of gay men into seminaries.
Dec 9, 2005 - The movie Brokeback Mountain opens in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
(To read about LGBT history from other years, double click here.)