Chronology of LGBT historical events:

  • 1946 - Whiskey Beach, a secluded strip of sand later known as North Shores, becomes a common gay meeting place.
  • 1954 - The Chesapeake Bay Bridge opens allowing the Whiskey Beach gay population to grow. By this time the area had become well known in the gay circles across the east coast.
  • 1960's - The Pink Boy, a bar in Rehoboth, is in operation and attracts a large gay crowd from Whiskey Beach and establishes Rehoboth as a gay resort area. The Pink Boy closes after a few years.
  • 1970's - The Nomad Village Bar and Resort, the first exclusively gay establishment on the Delaware Coast, opens a few miles south of Rehoboth.
  • 1976 - The Boathouse opens in Dewey Beach. The club contains a dance floor that lights up from below, just in time for the Disco craze.
  • 1980 - The Renegade, a gay dance club and hotel that is still popular in 2002, opens just west of Rehoboth.
  • 1988 - The Strand opens in Rehoboth
  • 1994 - The Strand closes never having detained a liquor license.
  • 1995 - Oct 14th - Steven Wilson is drowned in Middletown
  • 1997 - Oct 15th - Robert H. Jones is shot to death in New Castle.
  • 2002 - March 16th - In Neward, a court rules that two women should both be considered the parents of a 4-year-old boy to whom one gave birth after in vitro-fertilization.
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