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60 Reasons To Be Proud In 2012

From pop culture to politics, it was quite a year.

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Coming out in Hollywood in 2012 became a casual affair. Gone were the days of the "I'm Gay" cover photo.

And it became clear that hip hop was ready, more than ever, to publicly demonstrate support for the gay community.

In the sports world, where we are still without an out LGBT athlete currently playing in any of the major leagues, there were still significant advances.

In fact, the first gay major leaguer already has a lot of friends.

13. A record 23 openly gay athletes competed in Summer Olympics and 10 of them took home medals.

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BuzzFeed's Jack Moore identifies them here. Check out all 10 victories here.

The gay community also dominated the Internet.

And not only was Obama re-elected, there were also several landmark victories for the LGBT community.

29. Eight out LGBT candidates ran as major-party nominees for Congress.

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Top row from left; Wisconsin Democratic Senate candidate, Rep. Tammy Baldwin; Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I. New York Democratic Rep. candidate Sean Patrick Maloney; bottom row from left; Republican U.S. House candidate Richard Tisei of Massachussets; former Arizona state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Congressional candidate Mark Takano of California.

30. In total, the Victory Fund endorsed a record-breaking 180 out LGBT candidates running for offices on all levels.

But support for marriage equality was not limited to the U.S.

Media also made even greater strides to incorporate out LGBT characters into the everyday fabric of their content.

LGBT allies also came in all forms and from unexpected places.

All in all, it was a pretty good year.

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