Let’s start with the stories that defined 2013 and, in many ways, will define the next few years to come…
…and won our hearts in the process.
“OMG! Yaaaaaas, Edie! You look so good!”
2. Two now-married couples brought down California’s Prop 8.
(l to r.) Sandy Stier, Kris Perry, Jeff Zarrillo, and Paul Katami.
3. LGBT activists in Russia and all over the world have taken a stand against Russia’s anti-LGBT propaganda law and aren’t backing down.
4. Chelsea Manning challenged not only the Federal Government but also the media’s problems with reporting stories about transgender people.
5. And Jason Collins made history with three, simple sentences: “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”
Speaking of coming out…
6. Jodie Foster came out at the Golden Globe Awards and used it as an opportunity to insist on her right to privacy.
7. Ben Wishaw came out by sharing that he’s in a civil partnership with Australian composer Mark Bradeshaw.
8. Raven-Symone came out on twitter.
9. Wentworth Miller admitted he’d been battling depression around coming out for years but took the opportunity to speak out against Russia’s state sanctioned homophobia.
10. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Michelle Rodriguez came out as bisexual.
11. Sherlock star Andrew Scott opened up about his sexuality.
12. On NBC’s Today, correspondent Jenna Wolfe shared that she and girlfriend Stephanie Gosk are expecting a baby.
13. Maria Bello wrote a personal essay about falling in love with her best friend.
14. Actor Troye Sivan, best known for his role as Young Wolverine, came out via a YouTube video.
15. Magic Johnson’s son, E.J., said that with the support of his parents, he’s been able to “revel” in coming out.
16. Former Navy SEAL, Kristin Beck, came out as transgender and published a book about her transition.
It was also a great year for LGBT visibility in television and film…
18. Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Emmys and was awesome as usual.
19. Ellen DeGeneres announced that she’s working on a new comedy series for NBC that will feature a lesbian lead character.
20. Stef and Lena had a beautiful wedding on ABC Family’s The Fosters.
21. Elton John dedicated his concert in Moscow to Vladislav Tornovoi, a gay hate crime victim, who was killed earlier this year.
22. Actor John Barrowman gave a moving speech about marriage equality at Dragon*Con in Atlanta.
23. Demi Lovato joined the cast of Glee as Naya Rivera’s girlfriend.
24. Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black put women’s lives and relationships front and center…
25. …and Laverne Cox’s performance as Sophia stole the show.
26. In a refreshing twist, there were so many lesbian and bisexual women on television in 2013, it was a bit difficult to keep up.
2013 saw unprecedented breakthroughs for LGBT athletes…
27. Brittney Griner, chosen with the No. 1 pick in the W.N.B.A. draft, came out and went on to become one of the league’s new stars. Then she signed a deal with Nike.
28. Olympic diver Tom Daley opened up about his first relationship with a man.
Watch his personal YouTube video here.
29. Robbie Rogers became major league soccer’s first out player.
30. Out WWE Superstar, Darren Young, is “happy to be living the dream.”
31. Chicago’s Gay Hockey Association did a fabulous cover of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas.”
32. Sports Illustrated featured a gay kiss in its Super Bowl coverage.
33. Professional soccer players Abby Wambach and Sarah Huffman got married.
34. Cason Crane climbed Mount Everest to raise money and awareness for LGBT youth suicide prevention.
LGBT allies from all over the sports world stepped up to the plate…
35. 21 athletes and coaches, led by NFL players Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo, filed a Supreme Court brief calling for an end to California’s Prop 8.
The brief was signed by Brendon Ayanbadejo, Chris Kluwe, Scott Fujita, Robbie Rogers, Cheryl Reeve, Hunter Hillenmeyer, Hudson Taylor, Rashad Evans, Sean Avery, Adam Podlesh, April Ross, Jennifer Kessy, Alex Mack, Rebekkah Brunson, Chris Gocong, Seimone Augustus, Connor Barwin, Pokey Chatman, Kawika Mitchell, D’Qwell Jackson, and Michelle Marciniak.
36. The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted their first LGBT night.
37. The NHL and National Hockey Players’ Association partnered with the You Can Play Project to end homophobia in sports culture.
38. Orlando Cruz, the first out professional boxer, married his fiance Jose Manuel Colon.
39. In Moscow at the World Athletics Championships, runner Nick Symmonds dedicated his silver medal in the 800-meter final to his LGBT friends.
And quite a few athletes got naked for a great cause…
40. Brendon Ayanbadejo bared it all to support LGBT equality.
41. For the fourth year in a row, the men’s rowing team at Warwick University made a nude calendar to raise money for charity.
42. And for the first time, Warkwick’s Women’s Rowing Team stripped down too.
43. Alex Reid, a British Mixed Martial Arts Fighter, posed for Gay Times’ annual Naked issue to raise money for HIV/AIDS research.
44. Proceeds from Ben Cohen’s 2014 Calendar will go to support organizations working to end bullying.
Not to be shown up by the athletes, allies in the music industry stepped out this year too…
45. After being called a lesbian, Pink proudly waved a rainbow flag while on tour in Melbourne.
46. Willie Nelson told Texas Monthly: “I never thought of marriage as something only for men and women. But I’d never marry a guy I didn’t like.”
47. Inspired by a friend of hers coming out of the closet, Sara Bareilles dedicated “Brave” to her LGBT fans.
Actually, 2013 was a wonderfully queer year for music in general…
48. “I spit that shit that make a homophobe a hypocrite,” raps Cakes Da Killa on a track from his 2013 EP The Eulogy.
49. Filipina pop superstar and former “Glee” cast member, Charice, came out as a lesbian.
50. Mary Lambert released her solo version of “Same Love” with a beautiful music video.
51. Rapper Angel Haze released a cover of “Same Love” and used it as an opportunity to open up about pansexuality and coming out to her mom.
52. Music legend Clive Davis came out as bisexual.
53. In her video for “Rock N Roll,” Avril Lavigne kissed Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years.
2013 may well be remembered as the year love won out…
55. Colorado legalized civil unions on March 12.
56. Rhode Island legalized marriage equality on May 2.
57. Delaware legalized marriage equality on May 7.
58. Minnesota legalized marriage equality on May 14.
59. The first same-sex weddings in California after the end of Proposition 8 started June 29.
60. New Jersey legalized marriage equality on September 27.
61. Hawaii legalized marriage equality on November 13.
62. And Illinois legalized marriage equality on November 20…
…which brings the number of states with marriage equality to sixteen.
63. President Obama announced that same-sex couples would be included in his immigration plan.
64. California passed a law to protect the rights of transgender students.
65. The Pentagon announced expansion of benefits to same-sex couples.
66. Delaware joined 16 other states and Washington D.C. in passing a law designed to protect transgender people from discrimination.
67. The US Senate (finally) passed the Employee Non-Discrimination Act.
Now we’re just waiting for the House of Representatives to get on the right side of history.
There were more than a few symbolic political victories…
68. Sally Ride and Bayard Rustin were posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. President Obama presented the award to their partners.
69. Republican Senator Rob Portman announced his support for marriage equality after his son came out to him.
71. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated a gay couple’s wedding.
74. “LGBT Americans … are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship,” said Hillary Clinton during her video message in support of marriage equality.
75. The President went off script during his commencement address at Morehouse College to include gay students in his remarks.
76. Two women announced their wedding engaged at the Coast Guard Academy and made history.
77. Mayor Chris Coleman changed the name of one of St. Paul’s landmark bridges to “Freedom to Marry Bridge.”
78. Senator Cory Booker told the Washington Post: “I love seeing on Twitter when someone says I’m gay, and I say, ‘So what does it matter if I am? So be it.’”
79. Looking toward Sochi 2014, the President said he has “no patience” for anti-LGBT laws or poor treatment at the Olympics.
…which brings us to some of the great LGBT stories we saw this year from abroad.
80. Masha Bast, one of Russia’s top lawyers, came out as trans in response to the country’s anti-LGBT propaganda law.
81. Hundreds of people marched in Serbia’s gay pride parade despite threats of violence.
82. In Colombia, Claudia Zea and Elizabeth Castillo won a legal challenge to their marriage.
83. Germany passed a law allowing newborns to be registered with no gender.
84. New Zealand legalized marriage equality.
85. In Iran, Kurdish men dressed in drag to show their support for gender equality.
86. Uruguay legalized marriage equality.
87. The United Kingdom legalized marriage equality.
88. France said oui to marriage equality.
Meanwhile, back in the States…
89. The March issue of Time made waves with a bold cover about the future of marriage equality.
90. And in May, The New Yorker cover featured two mothers in honor of Mother’s Day.
91. Last year, One Million Moms called for a boycott of Archie Comics after one issue featured a same-sex issue. This year, the comic had a gay kiss.
92. DC Comics introduced its featured transgender and bisexual character.
Last but not least, let’s hear it for LGBT youth took a stand this year…
93. Cory Mathis, a transgender 6-year-old, won the right to use the girls’ restroom at her elementary school after the school banned her from doing so.
94. The students at Carmel High School voted Dylan Meehan and Brad Taylor “cutest couple.”
95. In Texas, Mitch Anderson came out during his high school graduation speech.
Watch it here.