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100 Reasons To Be Proud In 2013

A look at the biggest stories from the year of living fiercely.

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Let's start with the stories that defined 2013 and, in many ways, will define the next few years to come...


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.


It was also a great year for LGBT visibility in television and film...


2013 saw unprecedented breakthroughs for LGBT athletes...

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.

And quite a few athletes got naked for a great cause...

Not to be shown up by the athletes, allies in the music industry stepped out this year too...

Actually, 2013 was a wonderfully queer year for music in general...

54. Lance Bass and his boyfriend, Michael Turchin, got engaged.

2013 may well be remembered as the year love won out...

67. The US Senate (finally) passed the Employee Non-Discrimination Act.

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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.

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75. The President went off script during his commencement address at Morehouse College to include gay students in his remarks.

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.'"

...which brings us to some of the great LGBT stories we saw this year from abroad.