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.
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…
8. Raven-Symone came out on twitter.
12. On NBC’s Today, correspondent Jenna Wolfe shared that she and girlfriend Stephanie Gosk are expecting a baby.
It was also a great year for LGBT visibility in television and film…
23. Demi Lovato joined the cast of Glee as Naya Rivera’s girlfriend.
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.
32. Sports Illustrated featured a gay kiss in its Super Bowl coverage.
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.
And quite a few athletes got naked for a great cause…
43. Alex Reid, a British Mixed Martial Arts Fighter, posed for Gay Times’ annual Naked issue to raise money for HIV/AIDS research.
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…
52. Music legend Clive Davis came out as bisexual.
54. Lance Bass and his boyfriend, Michael Turchin, got engaged.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
84. New Zealand legalized marriage 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…
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.
Last but not least, let’s hear it for LGBT youth took a stand this year…
98. Ray Ramsey, a transgender high school student, ran for and won the title of Homecoming King by a “landslide” at his New Hampshire High School.
99. Transgender student Cassidy Lynn Campbell was crowned Homecoming Queen at her California high school.
100. Jack Andraka, a gay high school student, won one science award after another for inventing a diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer.
So many reasons to be proud and yes, so much work left to do, but 2013 was an amazing year and we are so happy to be here with all of you.
- President Trump has given House Republicans an ultimatum: Pass their health care bill Friday or he will move on to other issues.
- FBI agents posed as filmmakers to talk to armed militia during a standoff in Nevada, then used the footage against two men on trial in federal court.
- The suspect in the London terror attack near Parliament, who was killed by police, has been identified as 52-year-old Khalid Masood.
- Donald Trump had a photo op in a semitruck. The photos were too good not to become a meme — and the internet delivered 🚛👍