1954 – Born in Miami, Florida, Hardwick studied horticulture at the University of Florida and worked in Atlanta, Georgia, as a bartender at a gay bar.
1982 – He was arrested in Georgia for consensual sodomy.
1986 – Unsuccessful litigant in Supreme Court case Bowers vs. Hardwick.
– His experience as the victim of a hate crime and his frustration at the Court’s decision led him to speak out at political gatherings and on national television programs.
1991 – Died on June 13th in Gainsville, Florida of complications of AIDS virus.