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30 Moments That Made Us Proud In 2015

From marriage equality to epic baby announcements to trans homecoming queens, this year had zero chill. (In the best way.)

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2. Jack Evans, 85, and George Harris, 82, of Dallas, Texas — who first met at a house party over 50 years ago — became one of the first couples to tie the knot following that important ruling:

4. Laverne Cox posed for a nude photo shoot and we all lost our goddamn minds:

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“Black women are not often told that we’re beautiful unless we align with certain standards. Trans women certainly are not told we’re beautiful. Seeing a black transgender woman embracing and loving everything about her body might be inspiring for some folks," the actress said of the image in April.

5. Remember when Abby Wambach, having just helped lead the U.S. Women's national team to victory, ran to her wife in the stands and destroyed our tear ducts?

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6. Or when this perfectly timed photo of two women kissing right in front of an anti-gay pastor in Dublin was everything we needed? Now you do.

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“I meant to snap [the picture], but I didn’t realize I snapped the man’s reaction until I got home yesterday,” photographer James Delaney told BuzzFeed News.

9. When voters in Salt Lake City, Utah, elected their first openly gay mayor? That was pretty cool.

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Jackie Biskupski joins a relatively small group of openly gay U.S. mayors that includes Annise Parker of Houston and Ed Murray of Seattle.

13. And then that same cover sparked trans people to challenge beauty standards for trans people by creating their own Vanity Fair covers:

“It is important to note that these standards are also informed by race, class and ability among other intersections. I have always been aware that I can never represent all trans people. No one or two or three trans people can,” wrote actress Laverne Cox, who helped spark the conversation, on her tumblr.

14. The world watched Polish priest Krysztof Olaf Charamsa stay true to himself and his beliefs even after the Vatican fired him for being gay:

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“I know that the Church will see me as someone who has failed to keep a promise, who has lost his way, and what’s worse, not with a woman, but a man,” Charamsa told an Italian newspaper. “I also know that I will have to give up the ministry, even though it is my whole life.”

15. And we cheered when a kickass Seattle-based Girl Scout chapter stood up for trans rights and ended up getting a donation of $250,000:

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After the group returned $100,000 to a donor who said the money couldn’t help transgender girls, a crowd-funding campaign made a donation that doubled the amount.

16. Theatergoers finally got to see FreeHeld, Ellen Page's passion project, on the big screen and then Carol totally owned the Golden Globes nominations with 5 bids:

19. Cara Delevingne silenced anyone calling her sexuality ~ just a phase~ :

“My sexuality is not a phase. I am who I am,” she said in response to those who might be questioning her bisexuality.

20. That was second only to the shut down delivered by soccer player Ella Masar after marrying fellow footballer Erin McLeod:

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She wrote: "For all the congratulations, love, and support thank you. Erin and I feel overwhelmed and blessed with everyone that has reached out… Also, to the 'other' messages, thank you. Thank you for praying for me and reinforcing my own prayers because as you pray, 'Lord please help Ella, allow her to see her sin for loving that woman, for respecting her, being faithful, honoring her, etc …' Know I am saying the same thing, 'My Heavenly Father, thank you for allowing me find my better half, for finding someone that strengthens my faith and allows me to be the person I always imagined. Thank you for teaching me what truly loving someone and others is all about, amen.'"

24. There was that one time Senior U.S. Airman Logan Ireland, an out trans servicemember in the U.S. Air Force, spent an evening with Obama at the White House Pride celebration:

#Transgender #military members Logan Ireland & Laila Villanueva were honored to meet @POTUS at @WhiteHouse. #LGBT

28. Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor became PDA queens on twitter and the world almost couldn't handle it:

Endless goals.

29. And POTUS himself was lookin' all fine as the very first president to appear on the cover of an LGBT publication:

President #BarackObama is our Ally of the Year and cover of the #Out100: https://t.co/h9GBgXcoOZ

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