From uplifting victories to devastating violence, it’s been a year to remember.

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…

January

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.

March

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.

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

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April

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.

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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.

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June

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.

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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.

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July

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.

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

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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.

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Don’t miss to read Part 2 of the hottest LGBT events of 2016

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