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14 Things We All Learned About Gay Culture In 2012

In case you missed it: These are some of the best reads found on BuzzFeed LGBT.

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3. What happens when a girl writes the president about her two gay dads?

Obama responds with a touching note: “They are lucky to have such an exceptional daughter in you,” he wrote to Sophia.

6. Why did the Boy Scouts of America deny this teenager his Eagle Award?

Because he is gay. Ryan Andresen talked to BuzzFeed about his struggles with bullying and what it was like to be denied his Eagle Scout rank by the BSA.


8. Who will stand by the first out gay male major leaguer?

While there are no out male athletes in the major league sports world today, the closeted athlete may have more friends than he realizes. Among pro ballers, the straight part of the gay-straight alliance is finally getting itself off the ground.

9. What happens when you legalize same-sex marriage?

For starters: There are lots of tears. Relive one of the most emotionally exhausting days of Matt Stopera's life when 138 couples got married in downtown Seattle on the first day gay marriage became legal. (Seriously, it was intense.)

11. What's it like to propose in the White House?

"[It was] such a special night surrounded by wonderful people in an amazing place, and the best is still yet to come with Ben Schock," wrote U.S. Marine Corps captain Matthew Phelps.

12. What happens when the president steps up to the plate?

We get a leader who isn't afraid to take a stance on LGBT issues: “One of the things that I’m very proud of during my first four years is I think I’ve helped to solidify this incredibly rapid transformation in people’s attitudes around LGBT issues — how we think about gays and lesbians and transgender persons,” Obama said in his Time profile. And he earned it.

13. What states could see marriage equality in 2013?

The Supreme Court is hearing cases about California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act in the spring. And there are at least seven states LGBT advocates want to move to the “marriage equality” column by June, when the court's big decisions traditionally are released.


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